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ADRESSING THE DYNAMICS OF PATERNAL INVOLVEMENT IN PRENATAL CARE: CHALLENGES & RECOMMENDATIONS

McCarthy, Sharon (2009) ADRESSING THE DYNAMICS OF PATERNAL INVOLVEMENT IN PRENATAL CARE: CHALLENGES & RECOMMENDATIONS. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

There is a gap between the growing presence of fathers in the lives of their children and their inclusion within the prenatal process. The healthcare system fails to acknowledge fathers by not addressing their needs, issues or concerns programmatically or within the clinical setting. This topic is of public health relevance because a father's contribution to the health of his child may optimize the child's overall health and well-being. The presence of fathers during labor and delivery is common place in today's society, however little is known about their birthing expectations and needs. Furthermore, the literature on this topic is sparse. Maternal child health is the phrase used for the study of women and children, interestingly, paternal child health is invisible, and the phrase is non-existent. This research study seeks to address this gap by looking at programs that engage fathers in order to make recommendations in the prenatal health care sector. Interviews were conducted with fathers to assess their experiences throughout the prenatal process. The mother-baby dyad has a historical context, but as the dynamics of our society has changed, the healthcare system cannot afford to remain stagnant. The dyad must evolve to include fathers' in-order to provide the services and information they need to parent their children as well as support mothers in the process.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
McCarthy, Sharonsha9shaa@yahoo.com
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairJaros, Kennethkjaros@pitt.eduKJAROS
Committee MemberButler, Jamesjbutler9@pitt.eduJBUTLER9
Committee MemberGoodkind, Sarasag51@pitt.eduSAG51
Date: 29 June 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 14 April 2009
Approval Date: 29 June 2009
Submission Date: 6 April 2009
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: healthcare; paternal; father; prenatal
Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-04062009-135619/, etd-04062009-135619
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:34
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:38
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/6824

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