13 September 2019
NEST Study Published Today: A qualitative exploratory study of UK first-time fathers experiences, mental health and wellbeing needs during their transition to fatherhood
This qualitative study presents the experiences and needs of 21 first-time fathers across London. Through semi-structured interviews, nine major categories were identified: ‘preparation for fatherhood’, ‘rollercoaster of feelings’, ‘new identity’, ‘challenges and impact’, ‘changed relationship: we’re in a different place’, ‘coping and support’, ‘health professionals and services: experience, provision and support’, ‘barriers to accessing support’, and ‘men’s perceived needs: what fathers want’. A key finding of this study relates to men’s own perceived needs and how they would like to be supported during the perinatal period, contributing to the current evidence.
This study provides insight into first-time fathers’ experiences during their transition to fatherhood, with important implications for healthcare policy makers, service providers and professionals for how perinatal and early years services are planned and provided for both new parents. To access the full paper please visit: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmjopen-2019-030792