There’s a wealth of information out there for expectant mums on pregnancy and birth, but sometimes dads feel that it’s not for them or meeting their needs. In Men, Love and Birth, male midwife Mark Harris is writing specifically for expectant dads. drawing on decades of experience supporting couples as they make the transition to being new parents.
Covering topics from massage to sex, and pain relief during labour to breastfeeding, this is a lively, honest and frank discussion of pregnancy and birth from a man’s point of view. Mark explores how to harness the power of birthing hormones, how to remain calm and aware in the birthing room, how to communicate effectively, and ultimately how to live the process of becoming a father to the full.
Its blokey and sometimes raunchy tone will be perfect for some dads and not for others, but the information given is important and well researched.
About the Author
Mark Harris is one of fewer than 100 registered male midwives in the UK. He became a registered midwife in 1994 and is also a hypnotherapist, NLP (neuro-linguistic programme) trainer and youth outreach worker.
Expelled from school at 16 for being disruptive, Mark worked in a variety of jobs for several years, including work in the building trade and selling double-glazed windows. Aged 24 Mark started a nursing course, qualifying in 1991. He trained as midwife shortly afterwards and qualified in 1994.
When Mark’s wife of 20 years died in 2009, he decided to explore a new career path and founded birth education programme Birthing For Blokes, a unique service providing antenatal classes specifically designed to prepare men for fatherhood. He continues to work as an independent midwife.
From a large family himself (five sisters and three brothers) Mark has six children of his own and six grand-children. He lives in Leicester.