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When a new baby is on the way, there are a wealth of resources for women to learn about pregnancy and childbirth. But for the expectant father, there is very little.

Dr. Mulvihill tells us about a new class just for dads.

Welcome to California Pacific Medical Center's expectant father class. It's a program for first time fathers-to-be.

Many have already been through lots of other classes with their partners.

"We've taken child birth preparation and newborn parenting and breast feeding classes," one man says.

But this class is just for dads, helping answer their questions, their concerns.

"Everything from nuts and bolts such as diapering and swaddling and how to hold the baby, to long term issues, such as how to save enough money for college, how to discipline them when they get older."

The soon-to-be dads are given rubber babies to practice on, books to read, and some first hand advice from two new fathers.

"The first month was basically just an experiment in sleep deprivation," says one dad.

"The first month was just horrible," agrees the second dad.

John Lund says it's important for him to be as involved as possible in the life of his child.

"I feel like I'm not just sitting back and then having a baby thrown at me. I'm kind of going every step of the way."

Perhaps the most important lesson the dads are learning is that you can never be completely prepared for being a father. Every situation is different, every baby unique. And that it will change you life in ways you never imagined.

Jim Greenberg says, "You won't believe, in a very short time after your baby is born that you can hardly remember what it was like not to have your baby."

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