New Father's Project

We know that babies don’t come with an instruction manual, so we are offering every new dad in the Bridgwater area a 30-minute appointment with one of the health coach team.

When a new baby is expected, mums rightly get a lot of support before, during and after the birth. We know that dads often miss out on the same level of support and aftercare.

We want to change this so that everyone can get the advice and guidance they need to enjoy parenthood. Even if you have been a dad before, every baby is different. Parenthood can be particularly hard if you are struggling with something else in your life - whether it’s money worries, physical or mental health concerns or addiction. We want to make sure that all new dads and nonbirthing partners are supported.

NHS Somerset are running an exciting new project at the Victoria Park Health and Wellbeing Hub. We are reaching out to all new fathers and will encourage you to come and meet with one of our health coaches.

They will provide a one to one appointment with time for you to talk through any concerns or ask questions. They will also tell you about anything going on in the area that you might find helpful or enjoy doing with your baby. They can also help you make appointments with other professionals if you need more specialist support.

If you are finding things tough, then we would particularly like to talk to you so that we can help you access the help and support you need. If everything is going fine then we would still love to see you so that we can share some really useful resources and information with you.

A Dad holding his baby

How do I book an appointment?

We recommend that you book this appointment when your baby is around 4 weeks old but if a different time suits you then that is also fine.

We also offer appointments on Saturdays and during the evening for those of you that work.

This project is open to all new fathers and non-birthing partners who are registered with a GP in the following practices:

  • Cannington
  • Cranleigh Gardens
  • East Quay
  • North Petherton
  • Polden
  • Redgate
  • Somerset Bridge
  • Taunton Road