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Information for midwives, paediatricians, obstetricians and other professionals working in the maternity services: helping expectant fathers to support their pregnant partners, and supporting new fathers in the transition to parenthood.

Practice » Maternity
26 May 2016 | 3 comments
  Bringing Fathers In is a series of smart, punchy, evidence-based information sheets backed up with a series of online research summaries. 
Policy » Maternity
14 December 2015 | 2 comments
The Fatherhood Institute is pledging its support to the 1001 Critical Days campaign – relaunched in the UK Parliament this week by a cross-party group of MPs. 
External research » Maternity
29 October 2015 | Leave a comment
Are you (or is somebody you know) a first-time father? Researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London, are interested in exploring first-time fathers’ experiences of labour and childbirth. 
FI research » Maternity
24 January 2015 | One comment
The problem 23% of 3-year-olds are overweight or obese (Hawkins et al, 2009), rising to one third of 11-13 year olds, one in six of whom have high blood pressure, and one in ten, high cholesterol (Brophy et al, 2012) The Father Factor – the early years 95% of parents are in a couple relationship or describe themselves as ‘good friends’ at the time of the birth (Kiernan & Smith, 2003) Fathers have substantial impact on pregnant women’s nutrition (Clift-Matthews, 2009) Fathers gain weight during pregnancy, mainly due to lifestyle factors (Onepoll, 2009) Fathers have substantial impact on whether babies are breastfed, and breastfed babies are less likely to be obese later (Armstrong et al, 2002) Toddlers’ activity levels are linked with their father’s (but not their mother’s) BMI (Sallis et al, 1988). 
Blog » Maternity
21 January 2015 | 2 comments
Jeremy Davies writes: This morning we were contacted by a radio journalist who wanted us to comment on a study suggesting that, and I quote, “it might be best for dads not to be present at the birth of their children”. 
Practice » Maternity
Blog » Maternity
27 November 2014 | Leave a comment
  One of the points we stress in our work is the importance of actively using the ‘F’ word (Father) in any letters, posters, papers, briefings, tender documents or other communications you produce.