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  • J Comm Pub Health Nursing 6: 256,
  • DOI: 10.4172/2471-9846.1000256

More Adjustments than One Might Expect: Perspectives of Men on Their Preparedness for Fatherhood

Annemarie E Bennett1* and John M Kearney2
1Department of Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Dublin, Ireland
2School of Biological and Health Sciences, Technological University, Dublin, Ireland
*Corresponding Author : Annemarie E Bennett, Department of Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Dublin 8, IRE, Ireland, Tel: 0035318962477, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Oct 22, 2020 / Accepted Date: Nov 05, 2020 / Published Date: Nov 12, 2020


Objective: This study sought to investigate the perspectives of fathers on their experience of pregnancy and the post-partum period, with the aim of identifying the types of information and guidance most needed by men to enable them to approach fatherhood in an informed and prepared manner.

Methods: A retrospective, cross-sectional, and descriptive design was employed. A sample of male partners of women who had given birth in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital four to seven months prior to the study were posted a questionnaire on the transition to, and experience of, fatherhood. Closed-ended and open-endedquestionswere used. Sociodemographic data were also obtained, to include parity, age, nationality, marital status, educational attainment and employment status. Data were analysed in SPSS.

Results: Five hundred and eighty-three fathers participated (42% response rate). Mean age was 35.9 (SD ± 4.7) years. Most were Irish (97.1%, n566), college-educated (69.3%, n404), married (85.6%, n499), employed (91.1%, n530), and had at least one other child (61.6%, n359). The most common topics on which men wanted guidance during pregnancy included supporting a partner’s emotional wellbeing and their role during labour. Data categorised from open-ended questions highlighted that challenges in the post-partum period included: physical challenge of sleep deprivation; instances of feeling overwhelmed; challenges to the parenting partnership; navigating a new family structure; and, a lack of practical support.

Conclusion: Tailored solution-focused guidance is needed for men as they transition to fatherhood. Future research should investigate the views of younger fathers and fathers from more disadvantaged backgrounds.

Keywords: Pregnancy; Post-partum period; Labour; Healthcare

Citation: Bennett AE, Kearney JM (2020) “More Adjustments than one Might Expect”: Perspectives of Men on Their Preparedness for Fatherhood. J Comm Pub Health Nursing 6: 256. Doi: 10.4172/2471-9846.1000256

Copyright: © 2020 Bennett AE, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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