The Geekfather is a blog written by me, Richard Berks, a new dad based in Gateshead in the North East of England. I’m a science communicator working for a cancer research charity, and have almost recovered from completing PhD research into a type of leukaemia.
Like any new parent I’m trying to make sense of pregnancy, babies, and fatherhood, and prepare myself as best I can for all that lies ahead. I hope to navigate my way through the advice, old wives’ tales, and plain old bullshit the only way I can: researching the evidence – and I’ll be presenting what I’ve found in this blog.
The Geekfather was nominated in 2018 for the Dr Katharine Giles award for Best Science Blog, by the Association of British Science Writers.
I also took a period of Shared Parental Leave to look after our baby during her first year – a relatively new opportunity for fathers and partners here in the UK. I’ve be relating my experiences of that too.
Though I’m a passionate science geek and former researcher, I’m certainly not an expert in pregnancy, midwifery, or baby health – so please do not depend on this blog for any health advice. Speak to a midwife, health visitor, or GP.