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06/01/2015 at 12:27
We're wondering what you think about the Government's new plans for special 'men only' antenatal classes.
The Department for Work and Pensions is piloting the idea in six areas, offering 'just for men' relationship classes, alongside the regular 'mother-centric' antenatal classes, to encourage dads-to-be to be more involved with their baby.
DWP Minister Iain Duncan Smith says the bond between a father and his child can make a real difference to a child's life. But the problem of absent fathers is far too common - leaving children without the positive involvement of two parents in their life.
"That is why… [we're] introducing relationship support for fathers, and families as a whole," he says. "If we are serious about promoting a strong society, then we also have to be serious about seeking to support and strengthen families."
What do you think? Do dads-to-be need special classes before their baby is born? And if they do, do you think they would actually go? Or do you think the traditional antenatal class is good enough for both mums and dads-to-be?
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07/01/2015 at 12:00
I'm not sure what to think about this to be honest.
I think dads-to-be should be as involved as possible with their partner's pregnancy and birth - and should come along to the regular antenatal classes. I know a lot of men don't - or come and don't really listen that much cos it's all about contractions and stuff - so I suppose doing something just for the men might be a good idea.
But then again, would the kind of men who don't bother turning up to regular antenatal classes be any more likely to turn up to special men-only classes? I reckon they'd rather be down the pub!
07/01/2015 at 12:44
I agree with Yellowp above. Sure my husband attended my NCT classes with me, and he learnt quite a bit, but if these men only classes encourage a man to attend who would never had ordinarily participated alone, then why not? Not entirely sure I'm happy this is where my tax money is going though!
07/01/2015 at 17:25
I would never have braved antenatal classes if my wife hadn't organised it and got me there, so whilst I applaud the notion, I'm skeptical...
09/01/2015 at 10:04
I think it's great. Although dad's ask questions at the antinatal classes I was at. I know my husband has things he wanted to ask but didn't want to look stupid in front of the other mums. Men's minds work differently too so great for them to interact with men gy the same situation
09/01/2015 at 20:31
If the government is about to trial this in 6 areas i am sure that it will have successful results as men have a lot of concerns that are pent up and when in a group with a qualified nurse/midwife they can let all those concerns be heard and i am sure it will be confidential so any help can be organised. It is strange that although the mothers go through the hardest part the men are often unsure of how they fit in,
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