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Fathers' Experiences of Childbirth Education

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The aim of this phenomenological study was to describe fathers' experiences of childbirth education. Ten fathers were interviewed 2–4 months after the birth of their first child. The researchers analysed the interviews. The study's findings show that childbirth education creates preparedness for birth and fatherhood, but it has a secondary role for fathers. Thus, the fathers' transition becomes more complicated due to a focus on their secondary role. The opportunity to receive information that addresses the needs and concerns of fathers, specifically, and to develop male group discussions is needed to build networks and support the transition to fatherhood.

Keywords: childbirth education; expectant fathers; experience; transition

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2006

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