FATHERS in Herefordshire can now prepare for parenthood as a new online resource is launched.

DadPad, an app developed by the NHS, tackles mental health issues which can affect new parents and prepares them for life with a baby.

It covers a range of issues, such as the support dads can give while mums are breastfeeding, being aware of perinatal mental illness as well as the anxiety and frustrations.

Christobel Hargraves, chair of Herefordshire and Worcestershire local maternity and neonatal system (LMNS), said: "We want to continue to improve the maternity experience for women and their families, and give every child the best start in life.

"We are delighted to have commissioned this fantastic new resource which compliments this aim.

"There is traditionally lots of information, advice and support available for new mums, but often dads can feel equally unsure or overwhelmed.

"DadPad will help reduce anxiety for new dads in a number of ways – for example by helping them get involved with their baby's care and gain confidence, learn how to create a strong bond and build stronger family relationships, as well as providing links to other sources of information and advice."

For more information about the perinatal mental health service visit hacw.nhs.net/perinatal