Nurses and other healthcare staff now have another aid at their disposal to help fathers through their partner’s pregnancy, birth and postnatal period.
The 16-page publication, entitled Reaching Out: Involving Fathers in Maternity Care, was developed by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), the Department of Health, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Fatherhood Institute.
With some men left “traumatised” by the experience, the publication will offer support to fathers and midwives.
Cathy Warwick, RCM general secretary and chief executive, said: “A father’s role should not begin and end at conception. There is now substantial evidence of the benefits resulting from fathers being involved in their partner’s maternity care.
“Most women want their partners to be involved in their pregnancy. NHS policy is to increase engagement with fathers and encourage them to be involved in their partner’s maternity care in order to foster positive parenting and family relationships.
“Midwives play a vital role in engaging with men during antenatal care, labour and birth and the postnatal period.”
<http://www.rcm.org.uk/college/policy-practice/government-policy/fathers-guide/> (Reaching Out: Involving Fathers in Maternity Care)