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Oishei Children’s Hospital and the Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network Launch Fatherhood Training Program to Support New Dads

Updated: 3/24/2021

The Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network and Oishei Children’s Hospital today announced the launch of the Fatherhood Training Program. This initiative will provide much needed educational and support resources for new dads.

The program is targeted at new and expectant fathers and will provide parenting education, support groups, and mentorship for these male caregivers. The training will instruct new dads on labor and delivery skills including tips on how to support their partner in labor as well as what to expect when the baby comes home. Fathers will be taught swaddling techniques, tips for bonding, how to help with breastfeeding, bathing best practices, and post-partum effects. The objective of this collaboration is to highlight the significant role fathers play in promoting the health of women and infants in the community.

“Far too often, men who are transitioning into fatherhood or fathering are overlooked and undervalued in the field of maternal and infant health,” stated Antoine Johnson, program manager of the Buffalo Fatherhood Initiative. “The Buffalo Fatherhood Initiative’s collaboration with Oishei Children’s Hospital is significant because it highlights the important role fathers play and the unique contribution that they make in supporting women and infants.”

When fathers are involved with their children from birth, research shows that children reach developmental milestone earlier, form better friendships, do better at school, and can develop higher IQs. This program provides educational resources for dads and a safe place to learn. Fathers who go through the program will receive tools and resources like “dad bags” for overnight stays at the hospital during and after labor.

“We’re delighted to partner with the Buffalo Perinatal-Prenatal Network and the Buffalo Fatherhood Initiative to establish the Fatherhood Training Program as a way to improve the health and well-being of children by empowering fathers to be active, informed and emotionally engaged parents and partners,” said Tami Paycheck, women’s services supervisor at Oishei Children’s Hospital.

To learn more about the Fatherhood Training Program, click here.