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Program to make dads helpful at births

Emily AceSouth Western Times
Beer and Bubs owners Kyle Hampton and Carrina Bradbury with 6-month-old Archie Glenn in their new venue The Bayview Bar.
Camera IconBeer and Bubs owners Kyle Hampton and Carrina Bradbury with 6-month-old Archie Glenn in their new venue The Bayview Bar. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Future fathers have a good excuse to head to the pub, with childbirth education workshop Beers and Bubs set to operate out of the VIP room at Bayview Bar from August.

After a two-year break from active presenting, national program director Carrina Bradbury will be back to run the sessions in close partnership with Bunbury Counselling’s 4MEN programs led by Kyle Hampton.

“The new venue is great, we have a private room but it has still got that comfortable pub zone and the people here are just being really supportive as well,” Ms Bradbury said.

The one-night sessions cover childbirth education from a dad’s perspective and run every second month.

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“What’s going on for the dad in the room is very different to what’s happening for a mum and traditional childbirth education classes in hospitals or even private have a big focus on what’s happening for mum,” Ms Bradbury said.

“This is about what dad is going to see, what he is going to experience, chatting through the best way to be helpful and the things he shouldn’t do.

“What gets missed is that dads have a real opportunity to make birth easier and shorter and the whole process much better for their partner so they are very important to the process itself.

“It is an opportunity to be actively involved, not just a spectator.”

For more information, visit www.beerandbubs.com.au.

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