A free online app for new dads and fathers-to-be has been launched in Kirklees and across the wider West Yorkshire and Harrogate area.
DadPad® is an information pack in digital form developed to help fathers prepare for family life at a time when access to parental education classes and midwife appointments has been reduced due to the coronavirus outbreak.
DadPad® is packed with useful information as well as details of local support groups and services. It aims to help new fathers develop and improve their confidence and practical skills as they adjust to their new role.
A sense of anxiety for new dads is common and some can become depressed, particularly where a partner suffers from perinatal mental health problems or where they feel unable to cope. The app also provides guidance on how to deal with the physical and emotional strains that a new baby can place on individuals and relationships, and provides information on how dads can seek help for themselves and their partners, should they need it.
Dr Sara Munro, chief executive, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and leader of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism programme said: “Evidence-based research demonstrates that positive parenting by fathers has a significant impact on the family dynamic and now more than ever it is important that parents have access to information that they need quickly and easily.
“This app enables new fathers to find information on their hand-held devices and gives them the opportunity to record and store any questions they have. These can be saved and discussed later when talking with their baby’s mum, family, friends, or their health professional. We expect that it will enable new dads to play an active role in helping improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of women, children and families.”
Julian Bose, creator of DadPad® said: “The DadPad was created because babies don’t come with a set of instructions, and dads told us that there was important information that they wanted to be given on what to expect and how to care for their baby. We listened to what dads, their partners and health professionals asked for and combined it all in the DadPad.
“With technology playing such a big part in everyone’s lives today, developing an app seemed an obvious step. This has opened up a world of possibilities in delivering content and features and, crucially, getting updates and news out to dads quickly and easily.
“We are delighted to be partnering with the team at West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health & Care Partnership to launch the DadPad app for dads-to-be and new dads across the area.”
The app is available for free download from your usual app store or you can use the QR code below.