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Discussion Forums for Expectant Fathers: The Perspectives of Male Educators

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Abstract:

This article describes the perspectives of men recruited to be educators and to facilitate all-male discussion forums for expectant fathers within antenatal education programs. The 8 participants indicated their general satisfaction with the recruitment process and the preparation for and support of the role. They also expressed their support for the overall concept and design of the forum. Suggestions were made regarding areas for improvement in the design and management of the forums. Results from this study may provide an operational framework to assist service providers in the development of male-facilitated programs for expectant fathers.

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

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812408X324525

Publication date: June 1, 2008

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