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Boot Camp for Dads

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Regardless of such status, he says, "Once they are in the door, there is very little difference as far as discussion. No matter who you are, a diaper is a diaper."

Kaplan also is busy revising the curriculum so it translates well into several cultures, including Asian American, African American, and Latino.

For instance, in the African-American community, the grandmother is often a factor in the "the gatekeeper syndrome," he says. The course will teach new dads how to deal with the grandmother and not be shut out of infant care.

Boot Camp for New Dads sounds great to Yvonne Thornton, MD, PhD, a senior perinatologist at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City

"What a good, valuable, and much needed idea," she says.


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