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Childbirth help for new dads
Mark Tamblyn said the Beer and Bubs program helped during five-month-old son Liam’s birth.

Mandurah men expecting a new addition to their family can breathe easy when it comes time for the delivery with a new pre-birth education program, Beer and Bubs, teaching them the ins and outs of childbirth.

Beer and Bubs facilitator Carrina Bradbury said the program gave men an opportunity to learn about childbirth in a relaxed environment at the pub.

‘‘The two-and-a-half-hour session covers what to say and what not to say during childbirth, tips on how to be an advocate for the birthing mother, practical tips on pain management as well as how to support a woman through each stage of labour, including a caesarean,’’ she said.

Mandurah father Mark Tamblyn used his newfound knowledge to help his partner Lyn Forrest, when she gave birth to their five-week-old son, Liam.

‘‘The program went through the issues that may come about from your partner’s point of view and how to help your partner in the pregnancy stages and the birth itself,’’ he said.

Beer and Bubs is held at Peel Alehouse in Halls Head every second month.

For more information call 0439 920 969.

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