There are lots of support groups and resources in Perth for new mums, but what about for dads? You may be surprised to learn that Perth is home to a heap of support groups for dads, regardless of whether or not you’re a first time dad or have done it all before. If your partner doesn’t have a lot of other ‘dad friends’, wants to learn a couple of new parenting skills or just wants to give mum a break for a few hours, here are some of the places your other half can find a dad’s support group and resources.
Dads In The Early Years – Meerilinga Address: Locations are Beechboro, Ballajura, Cockburn, High Wycombe, Kingsley and Woodvale.
Meerilinga offers a heap of community resources and support services for parents, including resources for new dads. This includes the Directory of Dads Services and parenting tips. Contact Meerilinga directly to confirm any costs involved.
Dad 2 Dad – TheBumpWA Address: Cockburn Integrated Health and Community Facility, Suite 8, 11 Wentworth Parade, Success.
TheBumpWA has all kinds of pre-natal and post-natal support services for parents, with the two-hour Dad 2 Dad workshops aimed at supporting fathers in those difficult early days. It’s even run by a male midwife, who can answer all those questions about birth and parenting. Check the website for the costs involved.
PlaygroupWA Address: There are PlaygroupWA branches operating all over Perth. For location details, see the website below.
Playgroups aren’t just for mums – dads are more than welcome to bring the kids along too! With heaps of PlaygroupWA branches in operation throughout Perth, there’s sure to be one near you. If you don’t feel like it’s the right place for you, try a different branch in your area until feel comfortable. Check the website for information about any costs involved.
Ngala runs two-hour workshops for dads of children aged up to five years, including newborns. The sessions are designed to provide dads with the skills to help build strong connections with their children from an early age, and what dads can do to help children during their development.
Beer And Bubs Perth Address: Meetings are held in Perth, Rockingham, Halls Head and Bunbury. See the website for a full list of locations.
This unique group for dads is all about bonding over childbirth while enjoying a beer, the social lubricant of our society. If your partner or husband doesn’t feel comfortable at your usual antenatal classes, this might be the place for him. The sessions are designed to prepare men for the act of childbirth, although the organisation does offer a number of other support resources for after the birth.
If an online support space is more your thing, DadSkills is the place to go. They have an abundance of videos and resources designed to engage fathers before, during and after the birth of their child. These videos offer tips and insights from other dads about how best to cope with the life-changing experience on having a child.
You may also find other support groups in your area using social media websites such as Facebook or Meetup.
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