Part 2: exploring views from fathers and perinatal practitioners on the inclusion of fathers by perinatal services

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Fenton, S. K., Joscelyne, T. and Higgins, S. 2021. Part 2: exploring views from fathers and perinatal practitioners on the inclusion of fathers by perinatal services. British Journal of Midwifery. 29 (5), pp. 267-277. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2021.29.5.267
AuthorsFenton, S. K., Joscelyne, T. and Higgins, S.
AbstractBackground: This is the second of a two-part series exploring fathers' inclusion in the perinatal years. The first paper was published in volume 29, issue 4 of the British Journal of Midwifery. This paper explores the results of the study and discussion in relation to previous literature and to professional practice. Positive father involvement during the perinatal period has important implications for families. However, previous research suggests that fathers experience marginalisation, while staff report a lack of training and time for engaging fathers. Aims: This study explored fathers' and perinatal professionals' experiences of fathers' involvement during the perinatal period, and ideas for paternal support. Method: A Delphi method was employed. Thematic analysis from focus groups informed an online survey which was completed by 24 fathers and 22 professionals. A third-round survey finalised group consensus. Results: Both groups agreed on the importance of fathers. Participants suggested improvement ideas, such as supporting fathers with psychological change. Groups disagreed on some ideas, such as fathers receiving a session alone to discuss concerns. Discussion: The findings support the inclusion of fathers in perinatal services and a focus on the whole family system. Limitations of this study include low participant diversity and possible selection bias. Implications for further research are discussed.
KeywordsMaternity and midwifery; Fathers; Parents; Perinatal practitioners
Year2021
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Journal citation29 (5), pp. 267-277
PublisherMark Allen Group
ISSN0969-4900
2052-4307
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2021.29.5.267
Official URLhttps://doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2021.29.5.267
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Online02 May 2021
Print02 May 2021
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Deposited12 May 2021
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