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Prior to this was struggling to know where to look in finding some guidance on the upcoming birth, this session was exactly what was needed. It was informal, no bullshit and I learnt more in two hours than I had prior. It was particularly great to hear what my partner needs from me. Presenter had decades of knowledge and it showed. Cheers!
Great, even by zoom I got plenty out of it. Ron’s openness about how things can happen and his experiences were good to hear, as well as the snippets of evidence to support the message. His advice on our role (+practical tips) as support people was great to get as this is something that I’ve not as really heard at birth classes as these have tended to focus more on the mother. It was also great to hear from another dad their experiences, not a packaged up positive story for Instagram version of how things happened. The role of dads after birth was also good to get perspective on. Thanks again!
Virginia ran an interesting. engaging and informative session. I went to the event with a mate of mine, and I learned more about child birth, and what I could expect from the whole process than I ever thought I would. My mate commented that he learned more in one sesion with Virginia than all of the hospital tours/birthing classes put together. Thanks for imparting some of your knowledge onto us blokes Virginia!
Initially, I expected Beer and Bubs to be an event created for soon-to-be Dads who did not want to be there, and who lacked the excitement that impending fatherhood can bring. I went on the premise of even if I learnt 1 thing, it would be useful. Well, my perception was much different from the actual. It was a great evening, full of very useful information. The opportunity to discuss things in an open forum with a midwife was invaluable (rather than the quick 30min sessions we’ve otherwise had). The ability to ask whatever we liked, however we liked was great, and the presenter, Ron Hastie, did an amazing job keeping people engaged. Overall, a truly useful evening that I would thoroughly recommend to soon-to-be’s, no matter what there level of care or knowledge
I thought it was really good to have targeted information just for dads to be. Not having the females there allowed the information to be presented in a more matter of fact way – its clear that men and women process information differently at the best of times, let alone during pregnancy. Only having the men present was a lot less daunting than the other parenting classes we attended, which had up to 19 couples at each class.
Thank you so much for what you have contributed, both Beer + Bubs and that phone call [early labour jitters]. I felt so much more equipped going into this than I would have been otherwise – and that is a huge thing I think for any bloke. Every bloke I meet who has a pregnant wife hears about Beer + Bubs and I have told loads of expecting fathers to get along to your workshop. Anyway, I hope you know what a difference you make.”
My wife signed me up for Beer + Bubs without my permission. I was a little annoyed but went along with it. Much to my amazement, I thoroughly enjoyed it. To be honest, I wouldn’t have had the courage to ask about some of the things I learned at Beer + Bubs. The camaraderie amongst the men at the pub also made it special. Sharing with other men and hearing a woman’s perspective shed a lot of light on how little I really knew or what my wife really needed from me. I now feel prepared to support my wife and understand how I can support and protect her during birth.
I learned more in two hours at this dad’s birth workshop at the pub than I did in seven weeks of hospital antenatal classes.
Best thing EVER! I now feel inspired and empowered. The main theme that we can have a positive impact on the birth process was great to hear. The best thing for me was seeing the obvious connection between Lucy and Bruce and how childbirth seemed to bring them closer. I guess they have done the same presentation heaps of times but it felt spontaneous and from the heart.
The program helps men gain the practical knowledge they need to be involved in the births of their children in a positive way and to get the fatherhood adventure started with a memorable and empowering experience. And most men would rather head to the pub anyway.
Beer + Bubs is perfect for first time fathers who don’t know what they’re in for as well as those going back for a second or third round who weren’t well prepared the first time. It’s ideal for expectant dads who have done antenatal classes, but have come out the other end with little practical understanding of their role at the birth. It’s also perfect for a brush up when it’s been a long time since the birth of the last child.
Recommended by childbirth educators, midwives and obstetricians all over Australia, here’s some of what we cover:
- What should you never say to a woman in labour?
- How can you actively help with pain relief in childbirth?
- How do you go in to bat for your partner if things get ugly with your caregivers?
- What can you do to make childbirth faster and easier for your woman?
- What should you be doing during each stage of labour and birth?
- Why are the first hours after the birth so important to your baby’s health and ability to bond in the future?
All this and much more is covered in this fast-paced session where the atmosphere is informal and conversational.
You will meet “one we prepared earlier”, a dad who has recently been at the birth of his baby, as well as a bunch of other expectant dads, all in the same boat as you.
Beer + Bubs is run in local pubs in all major cities and in some regional areas including:
Brisbane (QLD), Sunshine Coast (QLD), Toowomba (QLD), Sydney (NSW), Newcastle (NSW), Wollongong (NSW), Melbourne (VIC), Canberra (ACT), Hobart (TAS), Launceston (TAS), Adelaide (SA), Perth (WA), Bunbury (WA) and more.