Here's the story of the birth of my son - my first birth!I wish I had written this when I was supposed to, which is right after the birth when everything is fresh in memory. It didn’t happen – that first month of fatherhood was a shock to my system and I forgot about writing it all down. At the time I had no clue that birth would have such an impact on my life (nor did I know what kind of a father I would become). I do, however, know what kind of a birth partner I was – the birth equivalent of the back-up quarterback. The guy who had promise but isn’t quite ready for the … [Read more...] about Father birth story: Arp’s first
Looking back on the first birth I think I was a bit apprehensive but watched anyway. I recall Trish being more interested in watching them. This changed for me for our second pregnancy – I was more interested in watching than before. I felt pretty knowledgeable by the third birth, but we did watch the video of our second birth with the kids.That’s not to say that I’m up for watching everything – I’m uncomfortable with watching a c-section because I’m squeamish about watching surgery. Considering the c-section rate in the US is 32%, maybe watching a video of a birth by c-section is good … [Read more...] about Watching childbirth videos – yes or no?
Knowledge is power! We need to collect the dad wisdom found in birth stories to help expectant fathers be the best birth partners they can be.And by we we mean all fathers, partners and fathers-to-be out there. Most women talk about birth; most guys don’t. I’m hoping that changes, but for the guy who doesn’t want to talk, reading about other dads’ birth stories would be helpful. As I learned by talking to other dads, we have a lot more in common than we think. All those thoughts about What am I going to do at the birth or How am I going to be a dad aren’t unique to me, you … [Read more...] about Calling all dads – we need your birth stories!
Welcome, to all fathers-to-be, partners and pregnant mamas. We’ve had the idea to do this for years and finally forged ahead because it had to be done. We’re excited about helping fellow fathers, partners and fathers-to-be. We’ve got 9 (almost 10) kids between the two of us and we’ve been active participants in our children’s births. We’ve learned that each and every birth is a learning experience.That’s one big reason why we created Rockstar Dads – so other dads can become better birth partners, better than we were that first time. Coaching your partner through birth is intimidating, but … [Read more...] about Welcome