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Blogs from 11 expectant first-time fathers reveal both excitement and fears in their new role
  1. Liana Leach
  1. Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Liana Leach, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, The Australian National University, Building 62, Corner Eggleston Road and Mills Road, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia; Liana.Leach{at}anu.edu.au

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Implications for practice and research

  • Some expectant fathers continue to feel excluded and unsupported by antenatal health professionals during their partner's pregnancy.

  • The antenatal period provides an opportunity to engage men in the pregnancy experience as well as in health services.

  • Analysing text from internet blogs, written by members of population groups undertaking important life transitions, provides interesting data which may complement data collected using other more traditional methods.

Context

Interest in men's transition to fatherhood has increased over the past decade. Previously the focus was largely on women's experiences of entering motherhood. While several quantitative and qualitative studies have investigated …

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