A new concept in prenatal classes has men on the Central Coast heading to the pub in the name of childbirth.
Dads are usually overlooked when it comes to childbirth preparation. Yet when it comes to the big day, they need to know how to support their partner through what can be the most physically challenging and emotionally charged event in their lives.
Beer and Bubs, a one-night session held in local pubs, was developed by Sydney-based childbirth educator and birth attendant, Lucy Perry.
“I could see that dads really wanted to be involved in the births of their babies, they just didn’t know how,” says Lucy. “But they like the idea of heading to the pub with a bunch of other men who are in the same boat as them.”
Beer + Bubs has been running in Sydney for six years, going national in 2009 with dads in all major Australian cities and some regional areas sinking a few beers in the name of fatherhood.
“Most men are surprised to learn that childbirth is not a spectator sport and that they can have a profound impact on their partner’s birth experience, helping to make it faster and easier for them,” says Beer and Bubs Central Coast facilitator, Lisa Kim.
The two-and-a-half-hour session covers what to say and what not to say during childbirth, tips on how to be an advocate for the birthing mother, practical tips on pain management as well as specific recommendations on how to support a woman through each stage of labour, including a caesarean.
“The friendly, casual atmosphere of the pub is a great venue for childbirth education,” says Lisa Kim, a mother of two, childbirth educator and local Maternity Coalition representative. “Childbirth is unfamiliar territory for most blokes, so it’s more comfortable for them to be in their natural environment to learn about something so foreign!”
Beer and Bubs is held at the Tall Timbers Hotel at Ourimbah once a month. Check the website for details and bookings or phone 0418 656 221.