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Abstract:

This paper describes an all-male discussion forum for expectant fathers led by a male facilitator. The 617 participants completed an evaluation form and were unanimous in their agreement about the benefits of the forum, in particular the opportunity to discuss issues of importance to them with others in a similar situation. The results should encourage those developing antenatal education programs to be more inclusive of expectant fathers and to acknowledge their feelings, unique role, and contribution.

Keywords: antenatal education; childbirth education; expectant fathers; gender-specific programs

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1624/105812405X44673

Affiliations: 1: MARK FRIEDEWALD is a clinical nurse consultant and works as a parent educator for the Division of Women, Children's, and Family Health at Central Coast Health, New South Wales, Australia. 2: RICHARD FLETCHER is a lecturer in the Faculty of Health and team leader for the Engaging Fathers Project in the Family Action Centre at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. 3: HEDY FAIRBAIRN is a research assistant in the Engaging Fathers Project in the Family Action Centre at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

Publication date: 2005-03-01

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