142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Antenatal Education Programs for Expectant Fathers in the U.S

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Jermane Bond, PhD , Health Policy Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Washimgton, DC

The birth of a child brings about many changes for mothers and fathers. Maternal antenatal education is promoted for expectant mothers but not fathers. Despite the importance of paternal involvement in childrearing, there is limited research on antenatal programs tailored to fathers. 


MPH students in the George Washington School of Public Health conducted a search of databases including Google Scholar, PubMed, PsychInfo, The National Registry of Evidence Based Practices, and Blueprints identified paternal antenatal programs. Google searches were also included to find community-based programs that have not been included in published academic research journals. Programs were only included if (1) they were based in the United States, and (2) they targeted expectant fathers and/or fathers of children under one year of age. 


A variety of community-based programs and classes are offered for expectant fathers through local hospitals, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations. These programs vary in duration, cost, and target audience. Classes for expectant fathers are offered at hospitals throughout the United States and are therefore advertised to users of hospital obstetric services.


The Commission on Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes, an initiative of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, recommends that government-funded programs and other public programs serving children and families develop more “father-friendly” practices and programs. Ongoing research on fathers’ roles in pregnancy and birth supports the idea that paternal involvement can promote positive pregnancy outcomes.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the importance of antenatal education for expectant fathers Demonstrate the impact of paternal involvement on pregnancy outcomes Identify national antenatal education programs for expectant fathers

Keyword(s): African American, Partner Involvement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract Author on the content I am responsible for because I have lead a national transdisciplinary group of researchers and public health professionals to raise public awareness for the need to include expectant fathers in pregnancy and family health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.