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Midwifery. 2003 Jun;19(2):96-105.

Expectant first-time fathers' experiences of pregnancy.

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Medical Faculty, Department of Nursing Lund University, P.O. Box 157, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden. hafrun@telia.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

to describe first-time-expectant fathers' experiences of pregnancy.

DESIGN:

an inductive method using narrative interview form and qualitative content text analysis. The text of the transcripts was coded and categorised.

SETTINGS AND PARTICIPANTS:

seven first-time-expectant fathers living in a multicultural industrial town in southern Sweden were interviewed individually when their partner was in the 38th to 39th week of pregnancy.

MEASUREMENTS AND FINDINGS:

all the fathers-to-be experienced some psychological, social and/or physical change during the pregnancy. The main category, was 'time of transition'. Eight categories were found under this. They were: 'feelings of unreality, 'insufficiency and inadequacy', 'exclusion', 'reality', 'social changes', 'physical changes', 'responsibility, and development'.

KEY CONCLUSION:

the fathers'-to-be special needs for support and encouragement during pregnancy may be as important as those of the mothers'-to-be. The caregiver needs to be as aware of and sensitive to these needs. However, before any interventions can be recommended more research is needed.

PMID:
12809629
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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