Pregnancy and the Role of Fathers


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Pregnancy is a Time of Change for Fathers as well as Mothers

The birth of a baby significantly impacts fathers, changing how they view themselves with respect to their partner, their role in the family, their career, hobbies, and their financial responsibilities. Sleep patterns may be disrupted by a new baby which can be particularly difficult for shift workers.

Support for New Fathers can Include Engagement and Role Models

A large number of fathers come from families that were more traditional, and lack a role model suitable to the needs of the contemporary family. Allowing for more fathers to participate in prenatal classes and dad support groups are ways to ensure that new fathers are better able to understand their role.


Dr. Carolyn Steinberg