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New app for dads in Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale

New app for dads in Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 16th May 2020.

An app to help new fathers has been launched in Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale

  • An app to help new parents is being rolled out in Harrogate and West Yorkshire.  
  • The 'DadPad' was created by Julian Bose and was first trialled in the South West.  
  • The app has tips for parents and information about local support services.  

The 'DadPad' gives hints and tips to dads for both before and after the birth of a child.

It provides fathers with guidance on how to support and seek help for their partners and themselves as they adjust to parenthood.  

The app has been created by Julian Bose and also has information about local services available to parents.  

There is also guidance on how to access mental health support.  

'Babies don’t come with a set of instructions'

Father and daughter holding hands at sunset

Dr Sara Munro, leader of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism programme said:

“Evidence-based research demonstrates that positive parenting by fathers has a significant impact on the family dynamic and now more than ever it is important that parents have access to information that they need quickly and easily. 

“This app enables new fathers to find information on their hand-held devices and gives them the opportunity to record and store any questions they have. These can be saved and discussed later when talking with their baby’s mum, family, friends, or their health professional. We expect that it will enable new dads to play an active role in helping improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of women, children and families.”

Julian Bose, creator of DadPad said:

“The DadPad was created because babies don’t come with a set of instructions, and dads told us that there was important information that they wanted to be given on what to expect and how to care for their baby.  We listened to what dads, their partners and health professionals asked for and combined it all in the DadPad. 

“With technology playing such a big part in everyone’s lives today, developing an app seemed an obvious step. This has opened up a world of possibilities in delivering content and features and, crucially, getting updates and news out to dads quickly and easily.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the team at West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health & Care Partnership to launching their DadPad app for dads-to-be and new dads in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate area.”