My Birth Story – The Birth of Brock

P1070506After the birth of my first child, my son, I had been left feeling like I’d had no real role, like a spare part, and feeling guilty about not knowing how to support Steph through the birth… It was this experience which led to me founding DaddyNatal so other men got the support and information they needed to be the birth partner they wanted to be.

Several years down the road, this is the story of the birth of our third child, born at home, from my dad’s perspective.

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Changing Bags for Dads, Mia Tui Ascot

Changing bags for dads has always been a bit of a bug bear for me. For our first two children I never felt I had a bag that I actually felt comfortable with or even one that had even given the smallest consideration for dad in the design… in fact I used to make do with a plain black cheap one that we got free from joining a certain baby club.
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Dads, we do count! So lets start hammering the message home!!

Baby Beaumont 3 :-)

Baby Beaumont 3

 

For those of you that have missed it Steph and I are expecting our third child sometime around the end of July beginning of August. If previous form is anything to go by August is more likely. Anyway this has lead me to some serious thinking, hence this post.

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Disney On Ice at Nottingham

Mickey and Minnie welcome us to the show

Mickey and Minnie welcome us to the show

Last weekend we were fortunate enough to go and see Disney on Ice at the Capital FM arena in Nottingham. SO first up huge thank you to Dadzclub for sending the tickets in exchange for this review.
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Being a man talking about men on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour

Being a man talking about men on Woman’s Hour

I had the pleasure of being a guest on Woman’s Hour today (Tuesday 29th January 2013). The discussion was around Fatherhood at birth and in the early days, and we were considering some of the research which Tina Miller has recently highlighted in a piece for the Practicing Midwife.

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Fathers Day – The Real Story

How has the role of fathers changed in last century?

I have recently been involved in a research program by Laura King who tweets @fathersatbirth , the program has been called “from hiding in the pub to cutting the chord” looking at fathers and their roles, this culminated for me in a performance at Warwick Arts Centre and being a member of the discussion panel after.

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So what is a Babymoon and what comes next?

I have written before about the first days after becoming parents – notably in my piece Life with a newborn (those first few days), but  thanks to @chellemccann and a discussion we had on twitter, I thought Id write a post about BabyMoons, AND what happens when it’s all over…

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