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New fathers 'fall in' for boot camp training

More men will be getting expert training in the art of being good fathers thanks to MUSC receiving a prestigious Stafford Grant to fund Boot Camp for New Dads (BCND).
The grant was made possible by the vision of perinatal service’s director Debbie Browning, R.N., and the skillful writing of Pat Votava, manager of grants, Children's Hospital. Boot Camp for New Dads is a father-to-father, community-based workshop that inspires and equips men of different economic levels, ages and cultures to become more confident in engaging with their infants, in supporting their mates and in navigating their personal transformation as new fathers. The program has been named a best practice by many organizations that consider it an exceptional means of supporting dads-to-be. It fosters behaviors that greatly benefit children and help prevent a wide range of social ills.
Founded in 1990, the non-profit Boot Camp for New Dads has graduated more than 200,000 men, making it by far the nation’s largest program for new fathers. The program, which is expanding internationally, is offered in 44 states and on U.S. military bases. Research shows the months surrounding a child’s birth provide a window of opportunity during which fathers are most receptive to support and behavior change.
The program works collaboratively with childbirth educators and taps the MUSC community for new fathers who are interested in mentoring dads-to-be during this important phase of life. Boot camp training for mentors will begin in April with the program starting in May.
For more information on what can be done to support the needs of new fathers or to be a mentor volunteer, contact  program manager, Kimberly Harris-Eaton, R.N., through her e-mail,, or 792-6239. Volunteer mentors should be new fathers with children aged 2 or younger who are interested in supporting new fathers. All applicants should be MUSC employees.

Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

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