I am that super active dad who’s involved with the family stuff. I am supportive of my wife’s decisions. I trust her. She is amazing.
Andrea and I have two kids: one born in May 2009 and one born December 2013. We had both at home. I knew absolutely nothing about babies when we had our first. Now, for the birth of baby number two, my career revolves around babies and mammas. It’s a different story this time around.
Smiles all around.
Here’s that curriculum I was talking about:
STRONG DUDE ROAD MAP
I. -Birth Partner How To:
Dad, the strong man
How a Doula can help
Homebirth fun, Birth center good times, making the hospital work
Cascade of intervention medical model style
Ina May Gaskin’s idea of “sphincter law”
Advocating for the birth plan
II. Infant Care:
Soothing’s FIVE Ss: Swaddling, Side lying, Swinging, Shushing, and Sucking
Diapers: Diaper options and diaper services
EC: Elimination Communication…psssssssss
How to get help
The importance of the ‘lying in’ time
How to set boundaries with family and friends
Placental Encapsulation: I did it. Twice. It was awesome.
IV. Breastfeeding Support:
How the man can support the woman
Why the breast is best
Formula: what’s really in it?
What does ‘on demand’ Breast Feeding really look like?
Supporting the woman emotionally
V. Carseats/strollers/baby gear:
What you really need and how much stuff is just stuff
VI. Attachment Parenting:
The 4th stage/4th trimester (first 6 months ‘in arms’ period)
Carrying your baby vs. containerizing your child. The checked out baby.
Co-sleeping/bedsharing options. Keeping your baby close at night.
Why we don’t let our babies “cry it out”
VII. Baby Safety:
Neck safety. No shake.
Aspirating milk; it’s all good
VIII. Relationship with Partner:
A woman’s changing body
Agreement about sleeping
Space in the couple’s relationship
* I have a masters degree in community counseling. I have worked with families for 8 years. I am 33 years old. I run my own business designing websites for the gentle birth community. I also see a few clients for therapy. Life is sweet.