New Dads in Bridgwater offered extra support

A groundbreaking initiative aimed at providing crucial support and guidance to new fathers and non-birthing partners has been launched in the Bridgwater area.

While mothers often receive support before, during, and after childbirth, fathers frequently miss out on a similar level of care and guidance. The New Fathers’ Project is set to change this narrative, ensuring that every new dad and non-birthing partner receives the assistance they need to navigate the challenges of parenthood.

To kick off this project, NHS Somerset is offering a 30-minute appointment with the health coach team at the Victoria Park Health and Wellbeing Hub. These sessions are open to all new fathers and non-birthing partners registered with a GP in specific practices, including Cannington, Cranleigh Gardens, East Quay, North Petherton, Polden, Redgate, Somerset Bridge, Taunton Road, and Quantock.

“We understand that babies don’t come with an instruction manual, and that’s why we’re here to offer support to every new dad in the Bridgwater area,” said Dr Joanne Nicholl, Designated Doctor Safeguarding Childrenat NHS Somerset. “Whether it’s your first or fifth child, each baby is unique, and parenting can be challenging, especially when facing other life struggles. Our goal is to ensure that all new dads and non-birthing partners feel supported during this transformative time.”

Appointments can be booked by calling 01278 720270, with flexibility for scheduling on Saturdays and evenings to accommodate working parents. The project encourages booking around the fourth week of the baby’s life, but alternative times are also available.

“Babies are welcome to attend the appointment with their dads, and we’ve ensured convenient facilities such as changing rooms, free parking, and disabled access at the Victoria Park Health and Wellbeing Hub,” added Sammy Wright, Bridgwater Health and Wellbeing Coach. “We are committed to maintaining confidentiality and treating every individual with the utmost care. If concerns arise, our ‘Unbreakable Men’ project supporting mental health can also be introduced.”

For more information or to book an appointment, please contact NHS Somerset at 01278 720270. The aim is to extend this service to all new dads across Somerset in the future.