Being a Resource for Both Mother and Child

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The aim of this study was to describe fathers’ experiences of being present on a postnatal ward and during the first days at home following a complicated birth. Fifteen fathers were interviewed, and content analysis was used for the analysis. The theme illustrated that fathers were a resource for both mother and child through practical and emotional engagement. The categories describe how the father empowers the mother and illustrates adapting to new family roles. Following complicated birth, fathers should be invited to stay around-the-clock on postnatal wards because it gives them the opportunity to place their resources at the disposal of mother and child. In antenatal courses, fathers should be prepared for their empowering role after a complicated birth.

Keywords: cesarean surgery; complicated birth; content analysis; fathers; postpartum care

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2011

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