New daddies get a helping hand

The Press 21 July 2008

New fathers will get a guidebook in a move to make them feel more involved with their new bundle of joy. The Father & Child magazine will be given to new fathers in Christchurch, Wellington and Dunedin hospitals as part of a birth pack for parents. It is full of men’s birth stories and information about ways in which children learn from their fathers. Christchurch father Donald Pettit said a lot of focus was placed on the mother and baby when a child was born.

No matter how involved a man was with the birth, he was sometimes sidelined during the early months of the child’s life. “This magazine would make dads feel included. It’s important to feel this is an important time for fathers, as so much of the focus seems to be the other members of the family.”