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The Experiences of First-Time Fathers in Perinatal Services: Present but Invisible

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Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Collegiate Crescent, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield S10 2BP, UK
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Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield S10 2BP, UK
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Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield S10 2BP, UK
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Academic Editors: Jose M. Moran and Abdel-Latif Mohamed
Healthcare 2021, 9(2), 161; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020161
Received: 17 November 2020 / Revised: 16 January 2021 / Accepted: 21 January 2021 / Published: 3 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Nursing)
Fathers in the UK are becoming more involved in the care of their infants and children. A constructivist grounded theory approach was adopted to explore men’s transition to fatherhood. This paper reports on one of the sub-categories derived from the data. First-time fathers with a child under two were recruited predominantly via social media. Audio-recorded semi-structured interviews were undertaken with an opening question asking men to tell their story of becoming a father. Interviews were transcribed and analysed using constructivist grounded theory methods. This paper reports one core aspect of the research findings which has particular relevance for healthcare professionals. The men in this study were highly appreciative of the care their partner and baby received but consistently reported a lack of father-specific support throughout their journey to fatherhood. This ranged from generally poor communication with healthcare professionals to being ignored and side-lined in maternity settings where they continued to be treated as visitors before, during and after the birth of their baby. Despite similar findings being reported over the last 30 to 40 years and policy directives emphasising the importance of working with fathers, change within healthcare services remains slow. Currently, fathers’ needs are not being adequately met by perinatal services. View Full-Text
Keywords: new fathers; new dads; paternal; service provision; perinatal new fathers; new dads; paternal; service provision; perinatal
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Hodgson, S.; Painter, J.; Kilby, L.; Hirst, J. The Experiences of First-Time Fathers in Perinatal Services: Present but Invisible. Healthcare 2021, 9, 161. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020161

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Hodgson S, Painter J, Kilby L, Hirst J. The Experiences of First-Time Fathers in Perinatal Services: Present but Invisible. Healthcare. 2021; 9(2):161. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020161

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Hodgson, Suzanne, Jon Painter, Laura Kilby, and Julia Hirst. 2021. "The Experiences of First-Time Fathers in Perinatal Services: Present but Invisible" Healthcare 9, no. 2: 161. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020161

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