Through The Eyes of a Dad: Supporting fathers in and after the NICU
Fatherhood in the NICU has its own set of unique challenges and rewards. NICU dads become expert jugglers as they try to support their baby and their partner while still managing so many home and work responsibilities.
Much of the literature on NICUparenting has historically focused on mothers, but fathers are an essential part of thepicture, and the impact of the NICU on dads needs to be better understood.
Zahir and Dave are two graduate NICU fathers who run a hospital-based dads’ group. They will be speaking about how dads cope, what dads can do, and what NICUs can do to support dads during and after this critical time.
Graduate dads Dave Merriman and Zahir Keshavjee have had babies in the NICU, and now offer support to families who are new to the experience. Dave initiated the monthly Sunnybrook Dad Night in 2012.
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