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Reality hits

When the couple starts their prenatal classes Dad is reminded that his partner will be giving birth soon, and he needs to figure out what his role will be in that process. If he is ready to, Dad may also become aware of the very personal journey he will be making beside his partner while she labours and births their baby: the emotional passage of becoming a father. Many men are surprised to find out through their classes that they have a very significant role to play in the birth. Their partner may have specific requests and physical needs for during the labour, but the one very basic need she has is that he be there. She needs his familiar, loving presence to help create an emotionally ‘safe’ environment in which she can labour. And she needs him to witness (and thus participate in) this momentous transition in their lives as a couple.

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Community Resources

Music for Young Children – a program designed to encourage young children to develop the happy habit of learning music. In a playful, positive environment, children are empowered to set goals in their musical learning. You can use the search function on this site to locate a qualified teacher in your area. Westcoast Family Resources Society – provide a variety of services and educational programs to parents in the Tri-Cities area. Their goal is to contribute to the healthy development of children by strengthening the relationships between children and families, and between families and their communities. Parent-Child Mother Goose Program – a group experience for parents and their babies and young children, which focuses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs, and stories together. Free to all participants. Funded by the B.C. Ministry of Children and Families. Toddler’s First Steps: A Best Chance Guide to Parenting Your 6- to 36-Month-Old Child – a free publication from the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport.

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