Anyone who meets David Guzman and his son, little David, will tell you that this father and son have a special bond. David’s delight and pride in his boisterous toddler is evident in the way he cares for his growing son. This commitment to be an “involved father” was fostered in MOMS Orange County (MOMS) programs and specifically for David, when he began the MOMS Workshop for New Dads (Taller Para Papas). Like many new dads, David was excited about his baby but did not know how else he could contribute. MOMS Workshop for New Dads became a safe space for David and many other men to learn practical skills, share their personal stories and support one another. David’s noticeable change has transformed his relationship with wife, Ivonne, and his family and community.
Ivonne Guzman began receiving monthly home visits from her MOMS Maternal Child Health Coordinator, Monique, when she was just two months pregnant. During visits, Monique also told Ivonne about the various health education classes MOMS offered. Although she had a 15-year old daughter from a previous marriage, Ivonne felt it would be beneficial to learn something new and asked her husband, David, to accompany her to the evening prenatal class at MOMS. Both he and their daughter, Amairany, attended the class.
“When Ivonne first brought up the notion of going to class, I thought it was because she wanted to socialize with the other ladies so I went along with her because she asked me to go,” David recalls.
When they arrived, David was surprised to see three other men in the class. As it turned out, learning about his baby’s growth and development in the prenatal class was very exciting. “I learned so much from that first class,” David shared, “Juan Diego is an excellent instructor and knows how to build relationships and respect with class participants, and his engaging style holds everyone’s attention.”