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.

FI research » Maternity
8 May 2014
A quick update about postnatal depression in dads. We were recently challenged by someone on Twitter, who said: “PND is a serious psychiatric disorder occurring after childbirth. 
Practice » Maternity
Blog » Maternity
22 April 2014
Adrienne Burgess writes: Infancy is the best time to set parents’ relationships with their children – and each other – off on the right track. 
FI research » Maternity
6 January 2014
Men are not ‘biologically’ less suited to caring for children than women: • when similarly supported, both sexes develop childcare skills at the same rate (Myers, 1982) • through what they learn they can have similarly positive effects on their children and on family functioning (Cia et al, 2010; Melnyk et al, 2006;. 
External research » Maternity
Practice » Maternity
14 November 2013
Program P (“P” for “Padre” in Spanish and “Pai” in Portuguese, meaning “Father”) provides concrete strategies for engaging men in active caregiving from their partner’s pregnancy through their child’s early years. 
31 July 2013
Écoles des Maris (‘Schools for Husbands’) in Niger is a UNFPA-funded project based on the theory that men‘s social power can act as a brake on rates of improvement in maternal and child health. 
FI research » Maternity
Practice » Maternity
23 July 2013
Young fathers (aged 16-24) are some of the most invisible, marginalised and vulnerable parents in the UK. Many – though by no means all – have grown up in difficult circumstances, are on low incomes or benefits, have few academic qualifications and relatively poor career prospects.