Modern Dads

November 6, 2007

Dads today are expected to be more hands on than ever before; this is supported by the increased amount of participation and information that is available during pregnancy. Yet, recent studies have shown that during a partner’s pregnancy men may experience hormonal changes too, in order to ready them for impending fatherhood. The experience of becoming a parent has been shown to be emotionally similar for both mother and father. Nature has taken care of the fact that humans have offspring which are totally dependent for so many years. Mothers as well as fathers are “programmed” to bond with their baby and to care for them for as long as it takes enabling fathers to be perfectly capable of caring for their babies – even though they don’t lactate.

Today over 90% of fathers-to-be attend antenatal classes, this allows them to get the ‘low down’ on what to expect during labour and the first few weeks. They allow the opportunity to get answers to all the questions that fathers-to-be never dared to ask. These classes also give ideas to Dads about how to bond with their new babies, which can be a difficult experience during the first few weeks especially when babies are being breastfed and when expectations are very high. For more information on what it means to be a modern dad and bonding with your baby please see

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