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.
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.
Making sure your agency registers key information about all dads as a matter of course is a MUST. In fact for all agency staff to ROUTINELY gather such details is the single most important step to engaging with substantial numbers of young fathers.
Research Participants Wanted: Fathers and Difficult Births
Researchers at the University of Liverpool are exploring fathers’ experiences of trauma after childbirth.
The aim of the study (which has been approved by the University’s ethics committee) is to understand what makes the experience traumatic and what fathers do to cope.
Fathers Who Have Lost A Baby: Research Participants Wanted
The University of Roehampton is researching the experience of grief and counselling for fathers who have lost a baby due to late miscarriage, stillbirth or early neonatal loss and who sought support for their bereavement in the form of group, individual or couples counselling (even if they didn’t continue with it).
PIP guide: Surrey post-natal father assessment
This is one of a series of guides to help agencies develop father-inclusive services, produced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families’ Parenting Implementation Project (PIP), which ran from early 2008 until June 2009.