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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title What do expectant fathers expect of antenatal care in Sweden? : a cross-sectional study
Author Andersson, Eva ; Norman, Åse ; Kanlinder, Camilla ; Plantin, Lars
Date 2016
English abstract
BACKGROUND: In Sweden expectant fathers are now assumed to be active participants in pregnancy and birth, but few studies have focused on fathers' expectations of antenatal care. Knowledge of expectant fathers' views about what is important in antenatal care will enable the design of care that is more inclusive and meets the expectant fathers' needs. OBJECTIVES: To identify expectant fathers' expectations regarding the content of antenatal care during pregnancy and to examine associations between expectations and social factors. METHODS: The current study uses data from a quasi-experimental trial that took place from 2009 to 2010, in which 627 expectant fathers were recruited from different parts of Sweden. RESULTS: Checking the health of the baby (85.3%) and the mother (80.8%) were rated highest in importance by expectant fathers, whereas attending parent classes (14.9%), becoming acquainted with other expectant parents (7.0%) and paying attention to their own emotional well-being (6.9%) were rated lowest. Furthermore, less than half of the expectant fathers had a very high expectation of being treated in a way that made them feel involved (38.5%).First-time fathers, young fathers and fathers with very good emotional health had higher expectations about most aspects of antenatal care. CONCLUSION: Expectant fathers had low expectations of receiving support or of meeting other parents as they thought that antenatal care should have a medical focus. First-time fathers, young fathers and fathers with very good emotional health had higher expectations of antenatal care in most areas. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. KEYWORDS: Antenatal care; Content of care; Expectant father; Expectation
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Finns ej
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.srhc.2016.06.003 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Elsevier
Host/Issue Sexual & Reproductive healthcare;
Volume 9
ISSN 1877-5756
Pages 27-34
Language eng (iso)
Subject Antenatal care
Content of care
Expectant father
Expectation
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/21794 Permalink to this page
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