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RCM fathers' pregnancy guide unveiled

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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.”

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  • I strongly agree that fathers need to be more involved. During my 10 yrs as a midwife I have met only a handful of fathers willing to attend any classes except the last antenatal class where they have a laugh simulating labour. Many men pass out at birth, and many do not understand labour. I have been physically dragged away from a woman because the father said I was pushing the baby back inside. I had to have the man removed from the room and he subsequently missed the delivery. I had no choice due to the threat to myself and the mum and baby.
    I have also met many men who when their partner deviates from their plan and begs for analgesia they try to forbid us to medicate. Men are there at conception and must take responsibility to educate themselves and provide support to their partners, who knows in these tragic days of short staff he may be the babys only living parent as has already happened in several trusts.

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