Fatherhood of a Premature Infant: “A Rough Roller-Coaster Ride.”

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Journal Name
Journal of Family Issues
Journal Volume
40
Journal Issue
8
Page Count
19
Year Published
2019
Author (Individual)
Zipora
Strauss. Bar
Michael Avrech. Stanger
Varda.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English

A man’s transition to fatherhood is one of the most significant changes in his life. The birth of the baby prematurely makes this transition a difficult experience. Study objectives included a better understanding of the range of experiences of fathers of premature infants and building new work procedures according to our findings. We used a qualitative content analysis design. We interviewed 26 fathers just prior to their infant’s discharge from the neonatal intensive care unit. Our findings reveal a growing trend of the father taking on a more significant role in the care of the infant and equal division of tasks with the mother. Although this is the trend, there are fathers who prefer to keep to the traditional paternal role of standing aside or behind the mother. Pursuant to these findings, specific work procedures for fathers were formulated, and information booklets for fathers and mothers were planned. (Author abstract)

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