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J Perinat Educ. 2004 Summer;13(3):18-26.

New fathers' postbirth views of antenatal classes: satisfaction, benefits, and knowledge of family services.

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  • 1R ichard F letcher is a lecturer in the Faculty of Health at The University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. He is also a team leader for the Engaging Fathers Project in the Family Action Centre at the University of Newcastle.

Abstract

New fathers (men whose partners had recently given birth) were asked to indicate to what degree antenatal classes had prepared them for childbirth, for their role as support persons, and for lifestyle and relationship changes after the birth. These postbirth findings were compared with a previous exit survey of male attendants at antenatal classes in which fathers-to-be predicted that the antenatal classes had prepared them well on all fronts. The new fathers in this study, however, reported that the antenatal classes had prepared them for childbirth but not for lifestyle and relationship changes after the birth. Additionally, couples who attended antenatal classes were asked to what extent they were familiar with family-related services in the region and how often they had used these services since the birth of their baby. Fathers were less familiar than mothers with the family-related services.

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