POSITIVE HEALTH OUTCOMES OF FATHERS’ INVOLVMENT IN PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH PATERNAL SUPPORT: A SCOPE STUDY LITERATURE REVIEW

LARS PLANTIN, ADEPEJU ADEREMI OLUKOYA, PERNILLA NY

Abstract


This study reviewed the literature concerning the involvement by European
men in pregnancy and childbirth and examined how this is related to health
outcomes; for the men themselves, their partners, and their children. The study
also reflects on the literature in relation to other existing research on men,
masculinities, and fatherhood. The literature review support the idea that the
father’s involvement during pregnancy and delivery can positively influence
health outcomes for the man, his partner, and their children. However, little
help is offered to the majority of men regarding parenting. It is therefore crucial
for the maternal and child healthcare services to develop new ways of
reaching out to men. In order to develop new knowledge earlier research
needs to be complemented with a multidisciplinary approach where the existing
research material, on social science regarding men, masculinities, and fatherhood
is also taken into consideration.

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