Events

July 27, 2012

Welcome, new fathers, to DADS 101

by Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

When parents get the news they are having a baby, most are overjoyed. Soon after, a slew of meetings and classes start for the soon-to-be parents. But let’s face it. Most of these classes are designed to give information to the mother — child bearing, Lamaze, nursing, etc. There are not many programs available to address the soon-to-be father and his needs. The 56th Medical Operation Squadron created a class to do just that.

Dubbed DADS 101, the class is designed to teach first-time fathers what they will need to know to become effective parents and to help men be more comfortable in their new role as fathers. Topics include simple tasks like changing and carrying a baby, to more difficult tasks like setting up the nursery and what to expect during the delivery. Other topics include things many fathers don’t think of, including “pregnancy brain,” and post-pregnancy intimacy.

“We discuss the importance of the role of the dad in a child’s life,” said Staff Sgt. Henry Alas, DADS 101 instructor. “It gives new dads a sense of security.”

All the information contained in the curriculum is tailored from a man’s perspective and is designed to address his concerns as an expectant father. Teachers of the class use anecdotal accounts to aid learning. The instructors are fathers who have already gone through the process and have made many of the mistakes talked about in the class, which ensures students the teachers are not just making it up or reading from a book. In fact many of the lessons and topics discussed are not in the curriculum book.

“A father’s involvement in raising his child is a major influence in the child’s development,” said Sharon Kozak, 56th MDOS and DADS-101 co-facilitator. “This program allows dads the chance to ask questions about labor and delivery, crying, shaken baby syndrome, the adjustment to becoming a new parent, address fears. The class also addresses the support new dads need to give their partners and allows dads to talk about their own anxieties.”

To further reinforce a sense of security, instructors teach new fathers how to handle specific stresses of parenthood. Every class requires the new fathers to take a section on shaken baby syndrome. The section covers the cause, effects and preventive measures. Each father receives a certificate when they complete the section.

“I believe it’s an excellent program,” Alas said. “One can only benefit from the information we provide. To this day I still have students stop me to thank me for the class.”

For more information on DADS 101 or to sign up, call Kozak at (623) 856-7579.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Courtesy photo

EOD called out for expertise

Courtesy photo The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team recovers military ordnance July 4 from the rubble of a burnt down building at an auto repair facility in Phoenix. The Luke EOD team recovered nume...
 
 

Strong followers challenge authority

It’s not surprising that when I tell subordinates to challenge authority, I often get a look of confusion. Admittedly, this is a step used to provoke thought. Obviously, we don’t need subordinates undermining their leader’s authority. My intent is not to create insubordination — it is to underscore the importance of strong followership. Great leaders...
 
 

Travel access, opportunities not to be ignored

Possibly one of the greatest and overlooked gifts we have in the military is our ability to travel. More often than not, we are stationed at bases around the world where we have the access and opportunity to travel and see the local sites. However, it happens way too often that we ignore those opportunities....
 

 
Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

Thunderbolt joins elite Thunderbirds

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, took this photo March 15 during Luke Air Force Base’s Open House and Air Show. She had no idea at the time that just a few months later she would b...
 
 

News Briefs July 25, 2014

Wanted: Airmen selfie videos The Air Force wants to hear from Airmen with unique stories about what led them to the Air Force, who are proud of their job and how it impacts the Air Force mission, or work in an exceptional unit. The 2014 American Airman Video Contest is open to all Airmen who...
 
 

Thunderbolt of the Week

Airman 1st Class Anna Valdez 56th Contracting Squadron Contracting specialist Hometown: Moscow Years in service: One Family: Husband, Phil; mother, Natalia; and father, Oleg Education: Russian State University of Trade and Economics bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics Inspirations: My parents demonstrated excellence and success in a loving environment, taught me to never give up...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin