Grant Denyer A Fan

The cover story of this weeks New Idea features father to be Grant Denyer and is about his preparations for birth. He is also pictured reading “Man With A Pram” which we were pretty stoked about here at pram central.

Grant denyer pictured in New Idea with Man With A Pram

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Man With A Pram interview on 2UE with John and Sandy

Click on the link below for the 2UE interview with John and Sandy, good stuff!

http://www.2ue.com.au/blogs/2ue-blog/men-help-or-hindrance-at-childbirth/20101019-16r86.html

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ABC Radio Interview About “Man With A Pram”

Pretty much explains what “Man With A Pram” is about and why it’s great for men with pregnant partners:

http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2010/10/man-with-a-pram.html

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Man With a Pram reviewed by Queensland’s City Life magazine

Man With a Pram was recently reviewed by Queensland’s City Life magazine:

http://www.citylifemagazine.com.au/

Who are running a competition for a free copy.

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The Science of Sex After Babies

A recent German study published in the journal Human Nature suggests that a woman’s libido plummets dramatically after establishing a relationship, while a man’s desire for sex with his partner continues consistently throughout the relationship, who’d have thought?

The study, conducted by Dietrich Klusmann of Hamburg-Eppendorf University,

A German study showed declining libido in women after babies, now why would that be?

questioned more than 500 people at different stages of life too try and get a snapshot of sexual desire. Klusmann’s report noted a severe decline in woman’s desire for sex once they have entered a relationship.

The study reported that 60% of women in their thirties expressed a desire for regular nooky at the beginning of a relationship. This figure then steadily declined to fall below 50% in the first 4 years, until twenty years later it stood at only 20%. Men, on the other hand, seemed to remain constant in their sexual desire, the proportion remaining at 60-80%, no matter how far  into the relationship they progressed.

The study, rather strangely, compared similar behavior in the female ‘prairie’ vole and theorized that women may be keeping their ‘resources’ scarce in order to keep the male of the species (that’s you) interested. While alternatively the male’s libido stays high in order to keep their partner faithful and discourage other suitors.

“Well, that’s just great!”, a thousand prairie voles sigh in unison. Don’t fret prairie voles, the study, as depressing as it sounds, didn’t take into account a number of factors, not least the fact that Germans aren’t exactly renowned for being spontaneous.

Detractors of the research pointed out a number of discrepancies, particularly the idea that many women may have less of a chance too feel sexy because of various modern commitments including career. Furthermore, the study also neglected the fact that many other studies, although acknowledging a decline in libido, have discovered that the quality (as opposed to quantity) of sex improves with the age of the relationship.

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Jon Farry and Stephen Mitchell release bloke’s guide to having a baby: Herald Sun

A recent article in the Herald Sun can be found here:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/jon-farry-and-stephen-mitchell-release-blokes-guide-to-having-a-baby/story-e6frf7kx-1225909140642

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Nothing Going On tonight? Why Not Develop a Birth Plan?

Been to antenatal classes? Got a bit more of an idea about what’s going on? Why not kick on back with a glass of sparkling water and develop a birth plan with your dear one?

Nothing going on? Why not develop a birth plan, note that we've made this photo all fuzzy, like those other pregnancy books.

After the antenatal classes (and after reading about 250 books on pregnancy) your partner probably has a vision of how she wants her baby born.  However due to the rather unpredictable nature of childbirth sometimes some folk don’t to get the experience they were after which can leave them with negative feelings about the birth. That’s not cool right! What can you do to help prevent this happening?  Why not consider a birth plan. Its a document that your partner and your good self put together that helps guide the labour and birth thing! Use the information you have both gained from antenatal classes or from your care giver and try and work it into a plan (use some of the information in chapter 5 if you want).

Sample Birth Plan

Support people

Who do you both want at the birth?

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What do you want them to do?

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Labour and birth

Do your partner have idea about how would like to give birth?

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What are your partners feeling about pain relief?

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If your partner wants pain relief does she want to try them in any special order?

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What do you want to happen to the baby when he/she is delivered?

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Do you want to cut the umbilical cord?

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Do you want to donate cord blood?

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Any thoughts about the delivery of the placenta or what you are going to do with it afterward?

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After the Birth

Oral vs infection of vitamin K for the bub?

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Any thoughts about feeding the baby?

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Is there anything else you need?

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Remember that labour and birth can be a bit of a roller coaster and the situation can change quickly, so it’s a good idea not to be too attached to any particular part of your plan (a healthy partner and child should be enough!). A good birth plan can help your partner and hopefully assist in you both having the experience you want.

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry!

(Translated from Scottish)

Robert Burns

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