Bernie Dorsey is the Founder and Program Coordinator of Conscious Fathering, a program of Parent Trust for Washington Children.
Mr. Dorsey will be offering his popular class for today's fathers who are anxious to take an active and early role in parenting.
In 1999, I developed a program to help men be better prepared to meet the challenges of new fatherhood and to parent in partnership with mom. The idea is simple: It is impossible to be a competent partner in caring for a new baby if you know little or nothing about infants. So this program, Conscious Fathering, gives expectant fathers a chance to play a little – and in some cases a lot – of catch up.
In the Conscious Fathering class, the first thing these men learn is that there is only one thing they cannot do, and that’s breastfeed. So for two and a half hours, they learn as much as possible about everything else. We concentrate on the very basics of what their infants need and on how we meet those needs. Every attendee receives a doll, a onesie, sleeper or jumper, a diaper, a washcloth and a receiving blanket to use during the class. During the next couple of hours, he will practice what it takes competently and confidently care for their new baby.
-Bernie Dorsey, VIEWPOINT: Conscious Fathering Skills – and More – for New Dads,Puget Sound Parent, June 2006