A new evidence review: fathers & maternal health in developing countries

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A new review of evidence suggests that engaging men has two particular proven outcomes: improved mental health in mothers and access by mothers to services. It is engagement with men during pregnancy and after the baby is born that is shown to have results, rather than attendance at the birth. This is consonant with the idea that the benefits come about when the father is well informed, rather than just present.


Yargawa J & Leonardi-Bee J (2015), Male involvement and maternal health outcomes: systematic review and meta-analysis, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

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