Beer and Bubs: helping men be more helpful during childbirth

Childbirth is a chance for couples to fall in love all over again. Photo: iStock
Childbirth is a chance for couples to fall in love all over again. Photo: iStock

Childbirth can be pretty rough on men.

Sure, it’s rougher on women, but there’s something particularly helpless about men during the birthing process.

Thankfully, there’s a program that can arm men with the tools they need to be a supportive partner during labour, run in a place most men feel comfortable – the pub.

Beer and Bubs began in 2004 and is the brainchild of Sydney-based childbirth educator and birth attendant Lucy Perry.

The event is back at the Rubix Bar in Perth for 2017.

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“Beer and Bubs takes men out of formal, medical settings and invites them to the pub with a bunch of other men who are in the same boat,” Beer and Bubs’ Perth presenter Kelly Evans said.

“Most men are surprised to learn that birth is one of two times in life when partners are primed for a stronger attachment connection.

“It’s an opportunity to fall in love all over again.

“Confidence at birth also means he can not only support his partner, but it’s also a chance to grow their love as a family.”

The two-and-a-half-hour session covers what to say and what not to say during childbirth.

There are also tips on how to be an advocate for the birthing mother, practical hints on pain management as well as specific recommendations on how to support a woman through each stage of labour, including a caesarean.

“The Pub is a great place for relaxed childbirth education and an added bonus is the hearty pub meal which is included,” Ms Evans said.

“Childbirth education can be quite intimidating for blokes, so it’s great for them to get together with other blokes, and make it fun.”

Beer and Bubs is held at the Rubix Bar (Ibis Hotel) in Perth, with the next 2017 date set for Tuesday 7th February 2017.

Check www.beerandbubs.com.au for more details or phone 0430 227 114.