What Dads Can Do

wdcd-on-deskA comprehensive guide for Dads-to-be, encouraging action in all aspects of women’s health, pregnancy and birthing areas.

It’s designed with the pregnant, or attempting to become pregnant couple in mind. It is also an alternative life manual that encompasses pregnancy and all aspects of maternity.

In hard copy – comes with a how-to-massage DVD!  

A ‘how to’ wellness guide offering practical easily incorporated tips, and massage and touching techniques that improve all aspects of life and living within a pregnant body. This book is a manual for Dads, encouraging his action in all aspects of his woman’s health, pregnancy and birthing areas.

For Dad-to-be, it is equivalent of a ’glove box’ manual for his wife/woman – not his car.All by following step by step the stages found in this revolutionary new style of health care aimed at couples helping themselves.

Until now there has been very little information written for Dad, directed to Dad, explaining how he can actively assist his partner through this exciting time in their lives.

  • Want to do more, know why, affect changes?
  • Not happy to leave it all to chance?
  • Perhaps you want more, or different answers from what you have been getting.
  • Perhaps pregnancy is a breeze, or maybe the birth holds some misgivings.
  • Want to know how you can positively and effectively alter what might happen?

Here is your manual explaining what is normal pregnancy and what to do to return her body to perfect functioning.

Learn how to make her pregnancy and her body easy to live in. How to make the birthing simple and your early parenting through easy breast feeding and sleeping well. All through following the step by step guide to easy babies.

Heather has condensed her more than 30 years of experience in providing health care to pregnant women into these 268 pages, complete with the massage DVD, all cross referenced and comprehensively indexed. This book amalgamates common sense, practical wisdom and decades of clinical research across several different health care modalities. A list of recommended reading and web addresses is also included.

A message from Heather:

I sincerely wish I had had this with me whilst I was growing my children. It would have made an extraordinary difference to my life as a new mother and for me in my body now. I wrote it so others did not have such trials I encountered in doing what should come so naturally – having babies.

What Dads Can Do comes with a DVD that features how to massage pregnant women(It is completely different from ‘Birthing – What Dads Can Do’ DVD).

What Dads Can Do sample pageBeginning Back Massage

A message from a birth worker“The most important part of this work is that it is positive. Dad instead of not knowing what to do, has a guide, and can be incredibly useful. When dad has been practicing at home, when in labour he is such a valuable asset as he takes the place of an epidural – they have danced this act before – she trusts him, he knows what to do and it all just flows. Beautiful!!!” Liz, Brisbane

From a midwife “I was given Heather’s book at the end of a couple’s last pregnancy – they had had two difficult births and then found “What Dads Can Do” – it transformed their lives at the last birth was a joy. They were so grateful they wanted me to have their copy so I could share it about. Thanks Heather” Ruth, NZ.

Feedback from readers:

“I wish every woman could have a copy of this book. I have used it so many times now I don’t leave home without it, just in case I should come across a pregnant woman. It has helped me understand how to keep my body in balance emotionally and physically, and it validates my own intuitions time and time again. All those conditions people will tell you are ‘common’ – I have known in my heart are actually symptoms of my body asking for help, asking me to change in some way, heal in some way.

Finally now with ‘What Dads Can Do’ I have found a manual to show me HOW to change, HOW to heal, that my instincts are valid and my baby deserves the attention it is requesting through my body. 

My partner and I have successfully referred to this book and its detailed, step by step instructions for myself and friends many times – prenatal massage, constipation, digestive upsets, nausea and post-birth internal scarring. Last week I experienced a threatened miscarriage at 17 weeks, with guidance from Heather through this book – put into action with simple techniques, and a faith in my body’s ability to heal itself, I am now confident of my baby’s health and well-being.

This book is detailed, accurate and practical and I cannot recommend it highly enough to parents, midwives, doctors and anyone in contact with pregnant women”. —Kerri Anne

‘What Dads Can Do’ was a great resource for us, even though we were pretty busy before baby’s birth. Unfortunately I didn’t read it a lot until the last trimester as we found out she was breach presentation. In the end baby was determined to stay breech, and we had a beautiful water birth at home.

My husband found the book very good after Elsie was born. In the first few weeks after her birth he really focused his attention on making a beautiful environment for us as a family, and my time to bond with her and to rest my body.

He also found the book really useful when I suffered a bout of mastitis in her third week. It helped both of us understand the importance of rest, rest and more rest! Thanks for a great resource. The index in the back is particularly useful, as are the page references throughout. —Emma

Available as an ebook:

Massage – What Dads Can Do

This massage video was sold within the manual and is referenced all through the book – and vice versa. It shows you how easy it is to make a huge difference in maternal comfort and in  birthing outcomes. Dad how to change her state leading into an easy labour and ecstatic birth.


A sample of what to expect on this:


For late pregnancy

Also get the companion video of massage techniques


Birthing DVD

Birthing-WDCD-coverComplete your pregnancy with this highly effective birth preparation for couples. Further massage and moxa techniques to enhance your birthing experience.

Sample segment from the Birthing – What Dads Can Do mp4 –

How to use moxa roll safely and then how to do the sacral moxa fan from Heather Bruce on Vimeo.

More on the ingredients needed here

All through doing what will just flow and come naturally – through your own healing touch.

Life is about living hands and hearts and sharing ourselves