06/17/2012 04:07 EDT | Updated 08/17/2012 05:12 EDT

'Boot camp' helps new dads prepare for fatherhood

First-time fathers in Saskatoon can get advice and support at a "daddy boot camp" that was recently launched in the city.

The Boot Camp for New Dads program allows new or expectant dads to chat with veteran dads about what they can expect in their first years of fatherhood.

"The class really came out of my own experience going through two pregnancies with my wife, and really noticing that there was nothing specifically for men where we had an opportunity to get into a room and just chat as men about what it's like to be a dad," Blair Pisio, who started the program, told CBC News.

The program, which Pisio launched earlier this spring, operates from Birth Rhythms in Saskatoon every third Saturday of the month.

"I wanted to be as much involved as possible, and to find out about the ways how I can help my wife and the baby," said Andrey Olinov, who is expecting his first child in July.