Everywhere in the country expectant mothers and fathers, whether together or not, embark on a lifelong journey. Joint education after separation is seldom easy, especially if the relationship with your ex-partner is controversial – or does not exist.
In some cases, couples may be concerned about the educational skills of an ex, stressed out about financial problems or, at worst, completely disconnected from their child.
Due to personal problems surrounding this issue, four people from Cornwall have joined forces to form a support group for single fathers who suffer from mental health problems and fight for their parents' rights.
The group called "Dads Taking Action" consists of three men and one woman from Cornwall, who believe that desperate fathers who do not know who to turn to, need more support.
They want other lone dads to know that they are not alone and ask for help and support, be it in custody matters or mental health problems due to these difficult circumstances.
Truro's 36-year-old Jason Churchill has experienced first-hand the challenges some fathers face after separation.
He and his partner separated while she was pregnant. His baby was born five weeks ago and he describes the past year as the "biggest challenge" of his life.
The hair salon owner said, "I was suicidal, had antidepressants and tried to run a business, which is not easy."
"My friends help me to stay positive and to see that there is something good going on, but we have decided to do something about it and they said they would help me to raise awareness and that's why we are come together to do this. "
He continued, "It's not an easy and cheap process, and that has put me and many other men in a box all over the country.
"It was not a topic that I was very aware of until my birth as a father, but it happens everywhere."
Jade Bay, 28, is the only woman in the group.
She knows only too well what effects custody issues can have on men, and has found out that her father's name is not on her own birth certificate.
Jade supports fathers who stand in front of a family court as McKenzie Friends service providers. A McKenzie friend is anyone who accompanies people to court to assist them personally as litigators – those who are not represented by a lawyer or hire a lawyer. You can sit with the person in court, give advice and support, and take notes to help.
She said, "I have assisted many parents through litigation over the past six years and experienced it first hand, which can be a daunting, costly and difficult process that is not supported by the lack of support and information services in Cornwall.
"I have a growing concern for fathers in the UK because they have fewer resources, less immediate rights to birth certificates and parental responsibility, which has led many of my clients to express feelings of hopelessness and suicidal thoughts. "
James Savage, 35, has no children of his own, but joined the initiative after Jason attributed "fantastic support" to him.
The financial adviser from Truro said he was incredulous about the situation in which some fathers are.
He continued, "The group is not for us to say that you have to do this and you have to do that because every case is so different. But it's a place where people can come along and say, "This is my story, this is my scenario, that's what I'm going through and I need support."
The last person involved in the project is Jake Corderoy-Pritchard.
The 26-year-old father from St. Austell said: "I felt that this would be an opportunity for the many men in our situation to chat with other like-minded fathers, and it might be good for them to do some things of that To get breast.
"It's important for men to talk about these issues, and I think we can create a safe place for them in this group."
The group was founded specifically to support fathers. They emphasize that they do not want mothers to be offended by this, but say that it is important to create a "safe space" where men can meet in similar situations and discuss their circumstances anonymously.
Jade, who lives in Newquay, said, "Women may feel attacked, but that's not the point. It's a service where men can get together and talk and then we can create a kind of movement and hopefully stop a campaign. "
"It's not about uniting an army, just mental support and advice and information that we can provide from other field professionals," says Jason.
"I am so passionate about creating a safe place where fathers can get together to talk about their experiences and get them in touch with psychosocial support services, as many fathers find themselves in difficult situations relating to contact Rarely having a contact anywhere will have a detrimental effect on their mental health.
There are a number of local and national organizations that can provide emotional support over the phone or the Internet.
The Samaritans – 116 123
You can contact the Samaritans, who are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by phone, e-mail, SMS and post.
Telephone: Free of landline or mobile phone: 116 123
Nightlink – 0808 800 0306
Nightlink is an emotional support hotline and text service for those in Cornwall who suffer from emotional stress. All calls are confidential. Nightlink is available 7 days a week from 5pm to midnight
text service 07717 989 021
* SANE – 0845 767 8000
SANE provides support for those coping with mental illness, including affected relatives or friends.
The SANE hotline is available 7 days a week from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Papyrus is the national British charity dedicated to the prevention of juvenile suicide. She offers:
HOPElineUK – 0800 068 4141
This is a specialized telephone hotline for children, adolescents and adolescents up to the age of 35 years. Call Hopeline if you have concerns about suicide for yourself or another person. Alternatively, visit their website at https://www.papyrus-uk.org
Text: 07786 209 697
REST – 0800 58 58 58
Especially for men, this service is open 7 days a week from 5pm to midnight.
Stay alive APP
The Stay Alive app is a suicide prevention resource for the United Kingdom. It's packed with useful information and tools to help you stay safe in times of crisis.
"We want to use this movement to actively challenge existing laws and regulations regarding the rights of the father and the family court process."
The quartet say that the group has already received interest and support from a number of fathers who would welcome the movement. The first meeting will take place next month, Tuesday, November 12, at Untamed Styling on Kenwyn Street in Truro.
The meetings take place at 19.00 hours and welcome Fathers from all over Cornwall who need professional advice or just a chat with like-minded people.
There will be a confidential informal chat that will provide an opportunity to learn about resources and advice centers such as psychosocial support and placement services, as well as the professional support of yet to be confirmed outside organizations.
They plan to hold 14-day meetings, and complimentary tea and coffee is provided.
The group also invites local professional services and hotlines to contact through their Facebook page to discuss sponsorship opportunities and exchange information and resources that may be useful to members attending their upcoming meetings.
For more information about the group and to stay up to date on future meetings and events, you can visit the Facebook page here.