Exploring the views and experiences of fathers in order to provide better support during the perinatal period

Author: Lester Coleman, Coleman Research and Evaluation Services

Description: This article reports on interviews with 50 fathers across Sussex (England), five mothers, and 10 health and social care professionals with the aim of generating support solutions for fathers. Although most fathers were jubilant about the pregnancy and birth, they also experienced a sense of trepidation in relation to their new responsibilities. During the first year, all fathers experienced challenges to different degrees. These included excessive tiredness, the demands and monotony of childcare, isolation from their partner and child, having less time with friends, and worsening mental health. The article concludes with recommendations regarding information-sharing, social support, and professional support for fathers across the transition to parenthood.

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