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J Perinat Educ. 2005 Spring;14(2):8-18.

All-male discussion forums for expectant fathers: evaluation of a model.

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MARK FRIEDEWALD is a clinical nurse consultant and works as a parent educator for the Division of Women, Children's, and Family Health at Central Coast Health, New South Wales, Australia.


This paper describes an all-male discussion forum for expectant fathers led by a male facilitator. The 617 participants completed an evaluation form and were unanimous in their agreement about the benefits of the forum, in particular the opportunity to discuss issues of importance to them with others in a similar situation. The results should encourage those developing antenatal education programs to be more inclusive of expectant fathers and to acknowledge their feelings, unique role, and contribution.

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