Preparing to become a Dad

So, you're going to be a dad! You may experience a huge range of emotions when you find out you will become a father. Feelings of joy and happiness are common; but feelings of anxiety, uncertainty and fear are just as normal. Becoming a father is one of the most important, difficult and rewarding things you will ever do, and more often than not, it is the role men are least prepared for. It can be tempting to stay quiet about these anxieties, thinking you do not wish to trouble your partner or that you should not be feeling these things. However, by repressing these thoughts you may actually increase the escalation of fear and worry that you experience. Make certain that you talk about your anxieties around the pregnancy and relationship changes with your partner. She may very well have the same concerns.

What to expect after the birth of your baby

Those first few days after birth are such a special time for your growing family. But feelings of stress and overwhelm are also common. Our mind and body will take time to process significant events. So be sure to take time to focus on your own wellbeing too. At Mater Mothers’ Hospitals, our psychosocial occupational therapists, pastoral care practitioners, Mater in mind team, social workers, psychologists and bereavement team are available for one on one support and counselling if you need extra support after the birth of your baby.

At home with your newborn

Returning home with your newborn is a big event. The adjustment to parenting continues, but now in your own home. In these first few weeks it’s helpful to remember that you're still adjusting to being a Dad, so don't put pressure on yourself—self care in important!

Support for dads

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Being a parent is a joyful experience, but it can also be overwhelming, exhausting and challenging. It’s important to remember you and your partner are not alone. You can reach out for help. A village is here for you. We don’t all have a village of immediate family to assist, but in our communities, there are ways this village can be created: your local GP, Child Health Nurse, Mater Mothers' Parenting Support Centre, Mater Parent Aide, and many more community health and wellbeing services.

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For urgent assessment at any stage of your pregnancy, please present to your nearest emergency centre or Mater Mothers’ 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre in South Brisbane.

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