Forget chatting about the latest cricket scores. Conversation among guys at the local pub is all about labour pains and nappies. Beer and Bubs is a one-night workshop held at a pub, where dads can learn how to support their partner through the birth of their baby.
Childbirth educator Lucy Perry developed the program to provide dads with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere to learn about childbirth – given that it’s mostly unfamiliar territory for expectant dads. Settling in at your local with a beer can make the whole thing less daunting.
Beer and Bubs gets to the nitty gritty of some practical issues for expectant dads. For example, it covers what men should never say to a woman in labour, how they can actively help with pain relief during childbirth, how to manage the situation if things get ugly with the midwife, and why it’s not a good idea to be texting while you’re supposed to be attending to your partner.
When my husband and I went to antenatal classes before the birth of our first baby, the midwife helpfully had question time at the end of the session. One guy put up his hand to query when he and his wife could “resume relations” after the birth (he had his diary open at the ready!). His wife looked mortified, although the midwife was completely unfazed; the other dads were trying not to look too eager to hear the answer and the pregnant women in the room looked like they wanted to whack him. At Beer and Bubs, guys can ask those kinds of questions without feeling they’ll be hung, drawn and quartered by a roomful of pregnant women!
Beer and Bubs sessions run in pubs in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and the Tweed and Gold Coasts. Sessions will begin in Perth, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast soon.
So, next time you’re at the pub and you overhear a bloke say “Let’s talk about TENS… and pass the peanuts please.” you’ll know what he’s on about!