Fathers’ presence in the birth room – implications for professional practice in the Caribbean
Ocho, O, Lootawan, K A and Moorley, CR (2018). Fathers’ presence in the birth room – implications for professional practice in the Caribbean. Contemporary Nurse. 54 (6), pp. 617-629.
|Authors||Ocho, O, Lootawan, K A and Moorley, CR|
Aims or Objectives: This study explored the perspectives of Obstetricians and Registered Nurses/Midwives on the presence of expectant fathers in the birth room.
Methods: A qualitative research design was used to explore perceptions and attitudes of Obstetricians and Registered Nurses/Midwives. Data were collected using five focus group and five key informant interviews and analysed using van Manen’s [2007. Phenomenology of practice. Phenomenology & Practice, 1(1), 11–30] interpretative phenomenological approach.
Results: Four themes emerged (i) perception of the Obstetrician/Registered Nurse/Midwife, (ii) demands on the practitioner, (iii) support for staff and (iv) potential challenges for practice. While participants held positive views, the nature of the birth experience could have negative implications for themselves and expectant fathers. Poor communication could exacerbate negative perceptions in emergency settings.
Conclusions: The presence of expectant fathers in the delivery room could have a positive impact on the birth experience for mothers, fathers and health professionals in the Caribbean. However, it could be challenging in emergencies.
|Journal citation||54 (6), pp. 617-629|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis (Routledge)|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/10376178.2018.1552524|
|30 Nov 2018|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||21 Jan 2019|
|Accepted||20 Nov 2018|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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