Author Patrick M. Houser Articles

Fathers Present at Birth

In 1952, British author, anthropologist and humanitarian Ashley Montagu wrote: “Women are the mothers of humanity; do not let us ever forget that or underemphasize its importance. What mothers are to their children, and to others, so will men be to...

Go Ahead... Use the F Word

F-F-F-F-Father. Why do you suppose we have such a hard time using that word in our parenting culture? Almost three years ago I decided that the next phase of my career would be fatherhood education and support—specifically early fatherhood,...

The Dad Factor

Fathers make a world of difference to a child’s life—but what about at birth?While no one was looking, the very foundations of our society, our culture and our families have undergone a metamorphosis. Fathers are attending the births of the...

Also labeled: Issue #38, Pregnancy & Birth

The Spirit Of Fatherhood

Excerpt from Fathers-To-Be Handbook, by Patrick M. HouserSpirituality is another element of becoming a father. The child you are caring for is more than just a body. There is also an invisible yet vital element that is the soul or spirit....

Also labeled: Inspirational, Issue #34

Morning Wellness

In 1980, my then wife, Kathryn, and I were on vacation in Hawaii. She began waking in the mornings with nausea, although she was otherwise healthy. We had been eagerly working on having a second child. After a couple of days of this, reality dawned...

Breastfeeding & Fatherhood: How a Father’s Support Enriches the Breastfeeding Experience for the Family

Throughout our history, the incidence of mothers breastfeeding their babies has run the spectrum from feast to famine. Very long ago, nearly every mother breastfed; nature obviously had a good plan. More recently, breastfeeding became...

Also labeled: Breastfeeding, Issue #28

The Science of Father’s Love

The transition to fatherhood is one of the most significant and challenging experiences a man will ever face. In order to have a satisfying and successful experience, fathers must feel safe, supported and confident. To optimize the possibilities...

Also labeled: Issue #26, Parenting

Protecting the Cave

The ancient archetype of a father during birth is that of him standing guard at the opening of the cave, protecting the birthing mother and newborn from danger. As we move through time, he comes closer to the actual location of the birth...

Also labeled: Issue #24, Parenting