Maternity Maternity

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
16 November 2014
Our 2012 review, Fatherhood: Parenting Programmes and Policy – A Critical Review of Best Practice, examined evidence from across the world about parenting and other programmes’ focus on father-involvement as a means to impact on family violence, child abuse, children’s health or learning. 
FI research » Maternity
7 November 2014
High quality (sensitive/supportive) and substantial father involvement from the month following birth is connected with a range of positive outcomes in babies and toddlers, including higher IQs at 12 months and 3 years. 
FI research » Maternity
7 November 2014
Attachment security is associated with superior functioning in young children – and young children with secure attachments to both parents do better than children who are securely attached to only one parent. 
FI research » Maternity
7 November 2014
Babies do better when planned by both parents Husbands who understand the risk of pregnancy complications will support their wife’s use of appropriate services Mother-to-child transmission of HIV can be prevented when mothers stick to their medication supported by their husbands or partners. 
FI research » Maternity
7 November 2014
Men who understand the risk of pregnancy complications will support their partner’s use of appropriate services. Mothers who have a calm and supportive birth partner have better labours. 
External research » Maternity
Practice » Maternity
14 October 2014
An evaluation of father-inclusiveness training for health visitors and community practitioners has found significant improvements in knowledge and attitudes, and changes in practice, among course participants.