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HOW TO BE A DAD: Website launched for men to face first-time fatherhood...together
A unique new website and advice portal has been launched this week, with the specific aim of preparing, and supporting men through what will be the most important, longest and challenging job they will ever have; being a dad.
By: Christian Hughes
Developed by once expectant, now first-time father Christian Hughes, 28 from Merseyside, the initial concept of How to Be a Dad started as a twitter feed, chronicling the daily events leading up to the birth of Christian and his wife Amalie’s first son.
It has gradually become much more however, with Christian himself becoming a voice and guinea pig for new dads everywhere, preparing for their imminent arrivals and the big changes about to take place in their lives.
Christian said: “After the initial excitement of finding out ‘we’ were pregnant with our first child, I slowly began to realise that I knew absolutely nothing about babies!
“My wife had her maternal instinct, her own mother’s experience, a midwife’s advice, books and a multitude of mums’ websites to draw on, but after doing some scrabbling around myself for the questions I wanted answering, I was surprised to find that advice for dads is very thin on the ground.
“Discovering the bit of information that was out there, I found it wasn’t available in a format that was particularly interesting or engaging for me, so I set about finding a way of getting to know exactly what I was letting myself in for, whilst picking up some tips along the way.”
Harnessing his own video production knowledge to create online video blogs, Christian set about documenting his experiences. With five weeks to go, he posted his first video on YouTube, and began regular updates on his How to Be a Dad twitter feed, how2beadad.
Christian continues: “Like most expectant fathers, I was feeling excited, scared and daunted. Would I be any good? The video blog was my way of expressing this, and via twitter I also came into contact with many new dads in the same position, and also those who had a wealth of experience to pass on.”
With the success of the video blogs and twitter-feed, there was no doubt that the idea was popular, and demonstrated a gap in the dad-market for easily accessible advice. With the launch of www.howtobeadad.co.uk dads world-wide can now share their concerns, their stories and advice, all in one place.
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Notes to editors
Christian and his wife Amalie became the proud parents of Joshua Hughes on Thursday 30 September 2010 at 8am, weighing eight lbs. Mum, baby, and of course dad, are all doing very well.
For more information please contact Christian on email@example.com
The most recent video can be watched here:
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A unique new website and advice portal for new or expectant Dads featuring videos and advice created by Dads for Dads.