From fun and excitement to joy and trouble. An explorative study of three Danish father's experiences around birth

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  • Elisabeth Hall, Denmark
The role of the father has undergone considerable change in the West. Fathers of today are expected to take a more active part in birth preparation, birth and childcare than their predecessors were. The purpose of the present study is to describe some Danish fathers' experiences around birth. Three first-time fathers were interviewed at three different times: in the last month of pregnancy, two weeks after the birth of their child, and again three months later. Data were analyzed in several steps using a hermeneutical approach. The fathers' experiences were identified as fun and excitement at the end of the pregnancy, love at first sight at the birth, at which they all attended and took an active part, awakening when the new family was united at home and when they came to realize how much effort is needed in caring for an infant, and joy and trouble three months later. It is suggested that health personnel might benefit from the study in both a direct and indirect way.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Pages (from-to)171-179
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1995

    Research areas

  • fathering, role of the father, transition to fatherhood, Denmark, father, father child relation, human, male, prenancy, review

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