Facilitating Discussion Among Expectant Fathers: Is Anyone Interested?

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Abstract:

Within childbirth education circles, catering effectively to the needs of expectant fathers who attend antenatal education programs has become an issue of concern. This article reviews the literature on all-male discussion groups for expectant fathers as a strategy to address identified deficits in relation to the inclusion of men within existing program structures. An exploration of the attributes considered appropriate for those who facilitate such groups is undertaken, and the article concludes with a report on the recruitment of male facilitators at a health service in New South Wales, Australia.

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

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812407X192424

Publication date: March 1, 2007

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