Support for dads..

(7 Posts)
3quarters Mon 28-Apr-14 16:26:20

Reaching out to bereaved dads effected by baby loss

Myself and a few other bereaved dads are in the process of setting up a project (www.17dads.org) to support dads effected by miscarriage, stillbirth and baby loss. There are very few resources aimed at supporting dads and this is something we would like to change.

17dads is going to be a social support App for phones and tablets with an accompanying website, a place where dads can easily and discreetly communicate with our peers, share stories, share advice, forge friendships or maybe arrange to meet over a beer for a chat.

Can I ask you to please review the project holding page (www.17dads.org) and let me know your thoughts. Any suggestion on improving to project are also very welcome. If we get a positive response and enough support I can push the project forwards.

Thanks

SeaSaltMill Tue 29-Apr-14 10:01:05

I think its a fabulous idea and something I will be forwarding to my husband. There is very little support for dads. Not only do they have to cope with the loss of their child but they also have to cope with supporting their partner and remain 'strong'.

MrsPear Tue 29-Apr-14 10:04:54

This is a wonderful idea; I will never forget holding my Dh whilst he sobbed I can't do this any more you can't do this anymore.

Will have a look

TheRainDrops Tue 29-Apr-14 14:32:32

This is a great idea and something I hope that will be very successful - you're so right that men are overlooked in many regards by 'outsiders' when it comes to pregnancy loss and baby bereavement.
I could only see the site on my phone - but from what I could see I think the format is good. Including miscarriage more prominently in the wording of the site would be a good idea, both to help your seo and also to make it crystal clear the site is for "Dads" of any duration (my husband and I still don't have children but would both agree that parenthood started the day we found out I was pregnant with the baby I later lost).
I think acknowledging men whose partners have experienced miscarriage under the 'dad' umbrella is very important as miscarriage is still quite marginalised in terms of recognition when it comes to allowing time for grieving etc (especially at work).

I wish you all the best with this project, it's a fantastic initiative and I will be pointing my husband your way.

3quarters Tue 29-Apr-14 15:05:26

Thank you SeaSaltMill, MrsPear and TheRainDrops for your comments.

TheRainDrops - I have just amended the text slightly (will review on more detail) as you are totally correct, 17dads is for dads who have lost at any duration.. My wife and I had a miscarriage before we were pregnant with our twins and I too considered myself to be a dad from the moment we knew she was pregnant..

SeaSaltMill Tue 29-Apr-14 15:22:23

I'm very sorry for your loss 3quarters.

TheRainDrops Fri 02-May-14 19:22:34

3quarters I'm so sorry to read what you and your lovely wife have been through, I hope both of you and your beautiful baby boy are doing well.

If you need any more advice/reviewing/whatever for the site just keep posting!

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