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A tool to measure fathers’ attitudes and needs in relation to birth

Hollins Martin, Caroline J 2008, 'A tool to measure fathers’ attitudes and needs in relation to birth' , British Journal of Midwifery, 16 (7) , pp. 432-437.

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    Abstract

    The aim was to develop a scale—the Birth Participation Scale (BPS)—which midwives can use to measure fathers’ attitudes and needs in relation to birth participation. The objectives were to use the BPS to: detect whether fathers genuinely want to be present at the birth; identify localized perceptions and fears fathers may have about birth participation; and ascertain whether being present at the birth was a rewarding experience. A quantitative survey was carried out with data collected from York District Hospital Maternity Unit (UK). The participants were a stratified sample of first-time (n= 42) and second-time fathers (n= 36). Measurements and findings: the BPS was issued at two observation points: prior to birth participation and post birth participation. Difference in scores between conditions assessed the fathers’ attitudes towards birth participation in a positive or negative direction. Scores post birth showed a small shift in attitude in a positive direction for first-time (p= 0.01) and second-time fathers (p= 0.02) with only 4% finding birth partnering more difficult than they had anticipated. Key conclusions are that midwives are facilitating the majority of fathers towards a positive birth experience. Implications for practice are that the BPS may prove useful for: identifying whether fathers genuinely want to be present at the birth; ascertaining fathers’ personal concerns in relation to birth participation; and tailoring birth preparation to meet fathers individualized needs.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Midwifery
    Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0969-4900
    Depositing User: CJ Hollins-Martin
    Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2011 16:41
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:19
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/19206

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