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Fathers shut out of birth

14th April 2008

The Fatherhood Institute has cautioned that maternity services in Britain are "shutting out" fathers from birth.


It stressed the positive impact of a father's participation from the time of birth and called for mothers and fathers to be able to spend the night at hospital together. It also said midwives should receive more education about making sure fathers were included.

The Institute published a report this week which stated that many maternity services did not include fathers because they were preoccupied with mothers.

The report said that services had no policies or requirements in place to make sure fathers were included in the birth of their baby.

The Institute said that those fathers who interact with their children from birth are "more likely" to carry on the support.

86% of fathers in the UK were present at their child's birth, However, the report found many felt they were not included in the birthing process and were "shut out" after visiting times finished.

The Institute called for a new type of birth registration where both the mother and father signed the birth certificate.

Fatherhood Institute chief executive Duncan Fisher said: "Research clearly shows that the positive involvement of fathers right from the start is crucial; and that when professionals engage with fathers, particularly young or otherwise vulnerable dads, this makes a huge difference to mother and baby."

"If things are going to change, we have got to start sending both mums and dads some very different signals."

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