Our Dads and Partners Hub follows the model of our midwife-led PregnancyHub, which is visited by some 2 million people around the world each month seeking out trustworthy research-backed advice before, during and after their pregnancy.
In 2020 our research found that two thirds of dads and partners who had experienced baby loss say they need help to open up in order to prevent feeling alone, and 38% of men who became dads after a healthy pregnancy told us they worry about their mental health. Even when pregnancies go to plan, becoming a parent can be tough.
Just 1% of over 1,000 people who completed our 2020 survey said the needs of dads and partners were properly met. 70% felt support for dads and partners during and after pregnancy was not good or non-existent, rising to 74% for pregnancies ending in loss.
Another survey this year showed that many partners feel like they don’t matter. They believe their anxiety, concerns or grief around pregnancy and loss shouldn’t be discussed, or that their position can be minimised by others. They’re often unsure where to turn for help.
Dozens of people told us they wanted tailored grief support for partners after loss, and many said that they would really benefit from hearing about the experiences of others.
After more than 500 individuals and organisations donated through our Big Give campaign last year, we set out to research and produce a new dedicated resource hub online specifically for non-birthing partners to help them, their health workers, and employers.
Our Dads and Partners Hub includes guides to pregnancy appointments, scans and tests; looking after your mental health after your partner’s pregnancy; money, work and relationships; and a guide to premature birth. A second section focuses on loss, and includes information on supporting your partner after loss; caring for your mental health; talking to other children about loss; and trying to get pregnant again after loss.
Launching Dads and Partners Hub
Launching on 4 July 2022 with an awareness campaign – #InThisWithYou – our Dads and Partners Hub is an online space that includes information, resources and advice from other dads and partners who have gone, and are going through, the pregnancy journey.
It's tailored to the challenges experienced by dads and partners at every stage of the pregnancy journey, from trying to get pregnant, pregnancy, birth, and loss.
Our Dads and Partners Hub has been developed with the support of focus groups and with oversight by organisations such as LGBT Mummies, who support LGBT+ women and people globally on the path to motherhood or parenthood.