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All male antenatal classes start

10th May 2011

Peterborough City Hospital has started to host what is thought to be the first all-male antenatal class available in the UK.

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The pilot health service courses are headed by Dean Beauont, who has qualifications as an antenatal teacher.

If the 'DaddyNatal' pilot runs successfully, it could be offered at hospitals around the UK.

Different venues around Peterborough will be offering the men-only classes from May-July.

"There are traditional antenatal classes for couples, but what we do is look at it from a slightly different perspective," said Mr Beaumont.

"We can use male humour that perhaps wouldn't go down so well in a mixed setting."

He added that the classes gave men an opportunity to talk about their fears in a relaxed, all-male group, where they could admit to being scared without their partners being present.

Clare Carter, a matron and midwife at Peterborough City Hospital, said: "Men's roles have developed and they're very much more involved in family life today."

"They need to have an understanding of what women go through and how they can help and support their partners."

 

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