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Women’s health & midwifery
There remains a need for greater awareness and further research on fathers’ stress in the perinatal period
  1. Liana S Leach
  1. Correspondence to Dr Liana S Leach, Research School of Population Health, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University, Canberra 0200, Australia; liana.leach{at}

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Commentary on: Philpott LF, Leahy-Warren P, FitzGerald S, et al. Stress in fathers in the perinatal period: a systematic review. Midwifery 2017;55:113–27.

Implications for practice and research

  • Health care professionals and parenting services need to be aware that many men experience stress during the antenatal and postnatal periods, and consider ways to provide men with support.

  • Additional population-based, longitudinal research following men across the perinatal period would help provide robust estimates of changes in stress levels (on average) over time.

  • There is a paucity of research testing interventions to prevent and/or reduce paternal stress in the perinatal period.


Parenting is increasingly considered a joint responsibility—to be undertaken equally by both mothers and fathers. As men’s involvement and engagement within the antenatal period, birth and postnatal period has grown, so too have concerns about their mental health and well-being during the …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.