When co-designing Maternity Matters Dorset with local families, a number of dads said they felt overlooked by maternity services. Dads told us it can be difficult to ask for help and they wanted important information on what to expect.
We worked with DadPad to address this gap and provide free access to the tailored app for Dads in Dorset. The DadPad app was created because babies don’t come with a set of instructions. Dads can access advice on how to develop a strong bond with their baby, as well as how to recognise signs of post-natal depression or mental ill health and how to get support.
Developed with the NHS, the DadPad app gives new dads and dads-to-be the knowledge and practical skills necessary to support themselves and their partner, so that babies get the best possible start in life.