First time dad support packs get funding for under 25’s

First time dads under the age of 25 in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will now be receiving a free information pack to help them prepare for family life. 

The DadPad™, developed with NHS professionals, was originally launched in 2013 and aims to help dads with the practical and emotional changes that becoming a dad brings. It’s a laminated set of cards which can be easily carried around and shared, to learn and talk through the new experiences to come. The information provided ranges from how to; change nappies, wash, hold, handle and bond with their baby, to supporting themselves and the mother emotionally. Advice about the realities of sleep difficulties, coping with crying, and relationships after having a baby, are also included. 

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After a successful pilot, 5,000 DadPads have been funded over the next three years, to be given to  under 25’s as they are an at risk group, although becoming a dad at any age can be very challenging. 

The DadPad™ was created by Julian Bose, founding Director of Inspire Cornwall CIC. Julian said: “The DadPad™ was developed because babies don’t come with a set of instructions, and dads told us they wanted important information on how to care for their baby, and what to expect. During a time where families have so much going on it is likely that dads are excited, anxious, confused and questioning life, all at once. 

“By using the DadPad throughout the early days, dads can save time by quickly getting to grips with their new responsibilities, learn how to provide vital support for the mother and baby, reduce the risk of any accidents, and develop a lifelong confidence to become the best parent they can be.” 

Ravi Jaipaul, Public Health Practitioner from Cornwall Council’s Public Health team said: “From a Public Health point of view we want to include dads more, so now Health Visitors, the Family Nurse partnership, and agencies who work with young dads can engage with them and the DadPad™, to add in this extra support for the family as a whole.”

Ruth Wellings programme Manager for Women and Children at Kernow CCG explains: “Younger dads often find it difficult to ask for help, and we hope the DadPad™ will help them to deal with the stresses of becoming a new parent. It’s vital that new parents feel supported so it doesn’t get to crisis point”.

DadPads are being developed for NHS Trusts across the country. Already available in Wiltshire it is now being looked at being adopted in SW and Wessex regions next. 

Story posted 16 February 2017