New study shows father-inclusive perinatal classes improve births

25 September 2015

New research has shown that Family Foundations – the brief series of classes for first-time parents offered in the UK by the Fatherhood Institute – improves birth outcomes as well as easing the transition to parenthood.

In the study, 399 couples were assigned randomly to either the 9-session Family Foundations programme, or a control group (these couples were sent relevant literature by post). Researchers found that for mothers who had moderate to high levels of financial stress, depression or anxiety, participation in the programme was linked to more optimal birth weight and/or shorter hospital stays after birth.

In separate work, the researchers have estimated that $1 spent implementing the Family Foundations program saves society at least $3 to $5 in costs due to mental health and behavioural problems.

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