A few days ago, I had a great phone conversation with Joe Valley, founder of Empowered Papa.
Joe is passionate about childbirth education for dads. As certified psychotherapist, Joe brings the worlds of counseling and birth together, coaching expectant fathers on how to become an active participants during pregnancy and childbirth.
Go Joe! In my opinion, this kind of one on one coaching is exactly what the world of birth needs.
Fathers need a guide through pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period just as much as mothers do.
The great thing is, us mothers have a lot of support! We have doulas, female friends who are either pregnancy or have children to talk to, and our childbirth class instructor was/is a woman too.
But who do the dads have to talk to?
If they’re lucky they might have a friend who’s been there and is willing to talk in depth about the process. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that is most likely unlikely.
Joe can help empower your man.
He’s warm, funny and he’s been there before. Nearly three years ago, Joe experienced birth through witnessing and supporting his wife through the home birth of their first child.
I’d believe in Joe’s efforts, so I’d like to share an upcoming event he is hosting with you.
Joe is offering a free teleseminar, “Dads and Birth: At the Core of the Experience.”
(click the link to be taken to the event page)
Here’s what Joe has to say about the event:
“In this free hour long tele-seminar, I will review what I find is valuable about dads at birth, and even illuminate specific practices dads can do throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum time. If you are doula or midwife, then you will hear about the dad’s perspective and how you can better collaborate with dads in your services of care. If you are an expectant parent, then you will clarify in your mind what you already know in your gut: that the bond you share in your intimate relationship sets the stage for a strong bond with your baby.
This information is golden!
Register to attend the event by clicking “Going” on the Dads & Birth event page. Then all you have to do is mark your calendar one week from tonight, Thursday, January 19th at 8:00 PM GMT & EST, then call in with your phone.
Tonight I’m saying my blessings for the heart-centered birth workers and all that they do for families.
Have you experienced difficulty getting your spouse on board for your natural childbirth class or home birth? Did they come around? What helped them become more involved and supportive? Share your experience in the comment section below!