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At Home in Early Labour: What Fathers Do and How They Feel - Part 1

Nolan, Mary, Catling, Jonathan and Smith, Julie (2011) At Home in Early Labour: What Fathers Do and How They Feel - Part 1. The Practising Midwife, 14 (9). pp. 25-29. ISSN 1461-3123

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A survey of fathers from across the UK was carried out to explore their experience of being at home with their partners in early labour. Respondents were recruited via the Fatherhood Institute website and by contacting children's centres. Two hundred and sixty three men from diverse backgrounds responded. Approximately two fifths had found that early labour matched up to their expectations, but many fathers had been greatly or somewhat surprised by what happened. In terms of deciding when to leave home and go to the hospital or birth centre, fathers did not generally see themselves as the primary decision makers, but half had been either primarily or jointly responsible for the decision. There is therefore a strong case for ensuring that expectant fathers are given information when attending clinics or antenatal classes with their partners to help them understand the latent phase of labour and signs of established labour.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: fathers, home births, early labour
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Mary Nolan
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2013 10:24
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:01

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