The World Health Organisation has declared that engaging fathers and families in maternal and infant health is a high priority. It saves lives. Each year over 300,000 mothers die during pregnancy and childbrith and 2.7 million babies die within a month of being born; most of these deaths are preventable.
Family inclusive maternal healthcare is when fathers and other family members are actively engaged by healthcare workers in a partnership of care for a woman during her pregnancy, during labour and childbirth and in the care of the newborn.
We are gradually building the world’s biggest collection of research, practice and news on family inclusive maternal and infant health care.
A study in Ireland has asked fathers about their views on breastfeeding. 417 fathers of babies aged 4 to 7 months were asked to complete a questionnaire. They were mostly employed (96%), college educated (77%) and married (88%). 75% of the men said they were involved in the breastfeeding decision. Of these, 73% encouraged it, […]
A new study has looked at what kind of support by fathers for breastfeeding works best in relation to extending its duration. Earlier research has shown that mothers breastfeed longer when the fathers strongly believe in breastfeeding, but in this study, the researchers unexpectedly found that some kinds of support by fathers correlate with a […]
A study in Kigali Rwanda interviewed 32 men about their attitudes to childbearing and their encounter with maternal health services. It revealed a tension between more progressive gender attitudes on the part of the men and the lack of response of maternal health services. The researchers regard this as a lost opportunity to promote gender […]
A literature review on father-infant skin-to-skin contact (SSC) found that it has positive impacts on babies, on fathers and on family relationships. The review, led by Dr Shefaly Shorey at the National University of Singapore, covered 12 studies including two quantitative ones. 10 of the studies were in developed countries, one in India and one […]
A study of 180 couples in Xi’an city in northwestern China has found high levels of depressive symptoms among fathers: 21% 3 days after the birth, 20% after two weeks and 14% after six weeks. Both parents were interviewed three times (3 days, 2 weeks, 6 weeks after the birth) and asked to complete surveys […]
A systematic review of 40 articles found that migrant women from low and middle income countries have higher levels of perinatal mental illness than non-migrant women. Across 17 quantitative studies, the prevalence of any depressive disorder was 31% and the prevalence of major depressive disorders was 17%. Migration is already a hallmark of the 21st […]
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