Advice for New Dads
Every year, we celebrate our fathers on Father’s Day. We show appreciation for all that they do, and each year, there are new fathers to honor.
Middlesex Hospital knows being a new dad isn’t easy. That’s why the Hospital’s Pregnancy & Birth Center makes sure to include fathers in the many programs and classes it offers – from free home visits for families who reside in Middlesex County to childbirth preparation classes for dads-to-be.
Middlesex staff members are also willing to share their best advice for new dads. Here’s what they have to say!
Vincent G. Capece, Jr., President and CEO
“Savor every minute with your newborn son or daughter because time goes by quickly, and before you know it, they will be off to college and out of the house. Also, get as much sleep as you can before your kids are born!”
Brian Albert, Marketing and Internet Strategy Director
“Don't be overprotective – allow them to learn things on their own. They are actually pretty hard to break!”
Dr. John Machado, Chief of Hospital Medicine
“Never underestimate the phrase ‘time flies.’ One minute, I recall driving home with our new baby, and the next putting him on the bus. You will never get a second chance to attend that special event which means so much to your children. It may be another thing to do after a long day at work, but it means the world to your child when they see you there. That feeling is truly priceless!”
Justin Drew, Cancer Center Director
“As a new or soon-to-be father, what you need to know grows at a rate along with the child in a way that is reasonable and not overwhelming. In other words, the challenges and knowledge you need to care for a newborn versus handling the ‘terrible twos’ versus the teenage challenges come in due time and build upon prior knowledge. Additionally, you have existing knowledge and confidence that builds with multiple children.”
Kevin McGinty, Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator
“After the baby arrives, friends, family, coworkers and even strangers in line at the grocery store are going to tell you 'the right way' to do everything. Listen to what they have to say, but be comfortable finding your way of doing things; what works for you, your child, and your unique situation. Do what you think works, and what you think is right. It’s ok!"
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