A Literature Review of Paternal Involvement in Prenatal Care.

Journal Name
Journal of Family Strengths
Journal Volume
Journal Issue
1; art. 10
Page Count
Year Published
Author (Individual)
Meier, Mary Elizabeth.
Avillaneda, Lorena.
Resource Type
Journal Article
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Resource Language
Pregnancy and the transition to parenthood are critical periods for parents to be provided with relevant care, information, and assistance. Unfortunately, fathers do not receive the same guidance and support by the health care system, policymakers, or programs as their partners do. This paper reviews twelve studies that address father transition to parenthood and involvement in prenatal care, the positive outcomes of father involvement on child well-being, and the current state of prenatal father involvement. Recommendations for increased paternal involvement in prenatal care include creating a more father friendly environment in the health care setting, providing prevention-oriented care for men during their partner's pregnancy, and furthering research and policy changes to support a more holistic approach to family health. (Author abstract)

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