A Derry based project working aiming to change peoples attitudes towards alcohol has launched a pioneering project aimed at helping new parents alter their drinking habits while preparing for the birth of their baby.
The Creggan based project has launched two new alcohol resources offering advice and alternatives for mums and dads to be.
Danielle Devine, Outreach Worker with the Drink Think Project explained, “We have designed a ‘daddy to be’ leaflet which gives advice and useful tips for new dads, as we found that when it comes to alcohol and pregnancy, the focus tends to be on mums. Often the fathers want to be involved but find there is limited advice out there. This leaflet gives men the best advice on how best they can support their partner as well as be more involved in the pregnancy while benefiting themselves by having fun alternatives to their usual drinking habits as they prepare for their new arrival. It also provides useful alcohol advice to remember once the baby has arrived, which is often the time when parents most feel the need for a drink but is when a child can be most in need.”
Danielle believes many people are overwhelmed with the pressure that having a baby can bring.
“Preparing for the birth of a baby can be a very exciting time, but can also be a frightening time too,” she said. “Our natural instinct is to protect our children and this needs to start even before the baby is born, particularly where alcohol is concerned. Drinking during pregnancy may harm your baby by affecting its mental and physical development. Therefore it is best to avoid drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Equally important is the role of the father throughout pregnancy who can support his partner by reducing the amount of alcohol he drinks to make it easier for the mother and also to prepare for the sleepless nights ahead when the new arrival is here!
She continued “We have also designed a leaflet of alcohol free recipes for mums to be that will benefit both mother and baby as they are full of vitamins and nutrients. This leaflet can also be used for non drinkers or anyone who just fancies an alcohol free alternative but the main focus is to give mums the basic information that having an alcohol free pregnancy is best”.
Contact Drink Think on 028 71 3632925 or download the leaflets from our website www.drinkthinkproject.org.