Beer and Bubs: From Drinking to Dadhood
A new concept in prenatal classes has men in Toowoomba 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 + Bubs, a one-night session held in local pubs, was developed by Sydney-based childbirth educator and birth attendant, Lucy Perry; and is now directed by Carrina Bradbury, a Western Australian childbirth educator and family therapist.
"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."
"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 + Bubs Toowoomba facilitator, Rebecca Connolly.
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.
Beer + Bubs has been running in Sydney since 2004, going national in 2009 with dads in all major Australian cities and some regional areas sinking a few beers in the name of fatherhood.
"The friendly, casual atmosphere of the pub is a great venue for childbirth education," says Rebecca, a passionate advocate for birth, mother and Registered Nurse. "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 + Bubs is held at Tapestry Bar in Margaret Street once a month. Check the website for details and bookings www.beerandbubs.com.au or phone 0431 240 562.