18 August 2020
NHS maternity units have been restricting men's access both pre- and post-natally since the start of lockdown, but restrictions have varied geographically, and their impact is unknown. Our survey on Covid-19 and Maternity Services in the UK, which we are launching today, aims to build up a detailed picture of what has been happening, and how people have felt about it. The survey has three ‘tracks’: one for MUMS, one for DADS (or mums’ partners), and one for PROFESSIONALS working in the maternity sector. For each participant-type we have tried to keep the questions as brief as possible, but also to explore in some depth the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on families’ experiences. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Read the full story »
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15 June 2020
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man was killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest for allegedly using a fake $20 note in a shop. 
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18 May 2020
We have been invited by the House of Commons Petitions Committee, to feed into its exploration of whether or not to extend maternity leave for 3 months in response to the Covid-19 lockdown[1]. 
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14 May 2020
Adrienne Burgess writes… Reflecting on the process of industrialisation in Britain from the mid-nineteenth century, the historical demographer Peter Laslett wrote: “The most important of all the effects on the family group of the process of modernisation has undoubtedly been the physical removal from the household of the father and other earners for all of every working day . 
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6 May 2020
Mark Gatto is a working parent (PhD and Research Assistant at Northumbria School of Law and Business School) who is caring for his 14 month old son alongside his wife, who works as a doctor in the NHS. 
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27 January 2020
We have been asked to comment on this story about claims that fathers are using an Edinburgh maternity ward ‘like a hotel’. 
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5 December 2018
Adrienne Burgess writes: NHS ENGLAND announced via a press release (2 December 2018) that when an expectant/new mother’s mental health has been identified as poor, a mental health assessment and relevant referrals are to be offered to her partner.  
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12 September 2018
The Government’s proposed First 1000 Days strategy should include, as a priority, the provision of detailed guidance to ensure that pre-conception, maternity and post-natal services reach out to, engage with and support expectant and new fathers. 
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10 September 2018
Messages from Research – updated August 2010 1. The father’s role in mothers’ depression The evidence that impaired postnatal maternal mental health has adverse effects on the infant socially, emotionally, behaviourally and cognitively is extensive (e.g.