Fathers' Experiences of Childbirth Education
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.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2006-03-01
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- The Journal of Perinatal Education is the official journal of Lamaze International, whose mission is to promote, support, and protect natural, safe, and healthy birth through education and advocacy. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles and evidence-based, practical resources that childbirth educators and other health care professionals can use to enhance the quality and effectiveness of their care or teaching to prepare expectant parents for birth.
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