Finally, daddies in the delivery room: parents' education in Georgia.
ABSTRACT In recent decades there has been an increasing trend towards male partners attending childbirth in post-industrialized countries. However, in some countries, due to limited cultural acceptability and outdated delivery practices, fathers are not welcomed or even allowed into the delivery room. World experience postulates that men's active participation and assistance during childbirth accelerates the delivery process and improves delivery outcomes. Fathers' involvement also promotes positive feelings about the birth experience, fosters paternal role attainment, and strengthens family bonding. Despite documented advantages of fathers' involvement in pregnancy and childbirth, it still remains challenging to implement. The Healthy Women in Georgia (HWG) programme, promoting family-centred maternity care in Georgia, has demonstrated the efficiency of childbirth educational classes combined with modernized labour and delivery practices as a means of increasing fathers' participation in pregnancy care and childbirth. Moreover, HWG interventions have shown that fathers can effectively provide early skin-to-skin contact to caesarean section delivered infants, contributing to the heat conservation of the babies and minimizing the likelihood of hypothermia. Advanced labour and delivery practices, adequate antenatal education, and father's increased participation in pregnancy care and delivery promoted by the HWG programme has been shown to improve delivery outcomes, ultimately leading to better maternal and child health.
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ABSTRACT: brandão s. & figueiredo b. (2012) Fathers' emotional involvement with the neonate: impact of the umbilical cord cutting experience. Journal of Advanced Nursing00(0), 000-000. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2012.05978.x ABSTRACT: Aims. This paper is a report on a study analysing the effect of the umbilical cord cutting experience on fathers' emotional involvement with their infants. Background. Participation in childbirth offers an opportunity for father and mother to share the childbirth experience, so it is vital that midwives improve the fathers' participation in this event. Design. A quasi-experimental study with a quantitative methodology was implemented. Methods. One hundred and five fathers were recruited as part of a convenience sample in a Maternity Public Hospital in a Metropolitan City in Portugal, between January and May of 2008. The Bonding Scale, the Portuguese version of the 'Mother-to-Infant Bonding Scale' was used to evaluate the fathers' emotional involvement with the neonate at different moments: before childbirth, first day after childbirth and first month after childbirth. After childbirth, the fathers were divided into three separate groups depending on their umbilical cord cutting experience. Results. The results demonstrate that the emotional involvement between father and child tends to increase during the first days after childbirth and to decrease when evaluated 1 month after birth, for fathers who did not cut the umbilical cord. However, fathers who cut the umbilical cord demonstrate an improvement in emotional involvement 1 month later. Conclusion. Results suggest that the umbilical cord cutting experience benefits the father's emotional involvement with the neonate, supporting the benefits of his participation and empowerment in childbirth.Journal of Advanced Nursing 03/2012; DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2012.05978.x · 1.69 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: In our study, we explored the roles of a father during childbirth as perceived by Arab Syrian parents. A descriptive phenomenological approach was used to analyze transcripts from interviews and focus groups. Four themes emerged: (a) psychological and spiritual support, (b) being present and concerned, (c) being ready and alert, and (d) fulfilling social obligations. Most women preferred to have their mothers with them during childbirth instead of their husbands. Current health policies do not encourage fathers to play active roles during childbirth and need revision, within culturally acceptable parameters and norms, to meet the health needs of clients.Health Care For Women International 02/2012; 33(2):168-81. DOI:10.1080/07399332.2011.610534 · 0.63 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: To describe fathers' experiences during childbirth. Qualitative method with phenomenological lifeworld approach. A re-enactment interview method, with open-ended questions analysed with a phenomenological method, was used. 10 First-time fathers from two hospitals were interviewed four to six weeks after childbirth in Southwest Sweden during the autumn of 2008. The essential meaning of first-time fathers' lived experience of childbirth was described as an interwoven process pendulating between euphoria and agony. The four themes constituting the essence was: 'a process into the unknown', 'a mutually shared experience', 'to guard and support the woman' and 'in an exposed position with hidden strong emotions'. Childbirth was experienced as a mutually shared process for the couple. The fathers' high involvement in childbirth, in cooperation with the midwife, and being engaged in support and care for his partner in her suffering is fulfilling for both partners, although the experience of the woman's pain, fear of the unknown and the gendered preconceptions of masculine hegemony can be difficult to bear for the father-to-be. In order to maintain and strengthen childbirth as a mutually shared experience for the couple, the father needs to be recognised and supported as a parent-to-be. Midwives have to acknowledge fathers as valued participants and support their significant position.Midwifery 10/2010; 27(6):848-53. DOI:10.1016/j.midw.2010.09.002 · 1.71 Impact Factor