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'Epic' support session for Suffolk dads

First-time dads can get tips on baby care and supporting their partner thanks to a link up between a Bury support group and the Trust. 

EPIC Dad, a Bury St Edmunds-based support group for fathers and father figures, is joining with our maternity department to host a virtual event for new and expectant dads in which they can share advice and experiences.   

The free online event will take place at 12pm on Friday, 30 July.  

EPIC Dad project leader Richard Keeble, who first became a father 16 years ago, said: “Becoming a first-time dad is both an amazing privilege and an awesome responsibility. Dads supporting their partners and new babies also need support themselves.  

“EPIC Dad offers one-to-one mentoring, support groups, parenting courses, dads and children's clubs, and lots more.

“We look forward to partnering with West Suffolk maternity department in this online support session and introducing our service to more dads and local families." 

Staff from the maternity team will be on hand to answer any questions or queries about the services they provide. The Trust’s maternity team have provided live virtually sessions previously for both expectant and new parents. 

Trust head of midwifery Karen Newbury said: “Recent months have been exceptionally difficult for families in our care so we are really pleased to be able to host a session for new and expectant dads. 

“Partners can always talk to our midwives but coming together like this is great for sharing questions and experiences, and understanding that lots of people are facing the same challenges and anxieties – and how they can make the most of this really precious time.“ 

To join the event, visit wsh.nhs.uk/live-event from 12pm on Friday, 30 July.

Please note that if you are joining from a mobile or tablet, you will need to download the Microsoft Teams app prior to joining.

Fathers and fathers to be can also visit epicdad.co.uk for more information on EPIC Dad’s other activities.

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