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Implications for practice and research
The way health professionals support parents can affect parents' feelings of security and confidence in their role following early discharge.
Health professionals need to do more to enable fathers to feel included in hospital.
Future research could explore whether parents' experiences differ according to parity, cultural background or family structure.
In many Western countries the period of hospitalisation after birth is now 72 h or less, and the risks and benefits of this ‘early’ discharge have been debated.1 Becoming a parent is a time of significant social and emotional change and many new parents experience a lack of confidence in the early days after birth. …
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