Speaker: Ian Kemp
Facilitator: Ally Anderson
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Most fathers in the UK are present at the birth of their baby. Fathers whose baby’s are birthed by c/s under g/a are prohibited from the birth. Reasons for this exclusion include; women don’t want them there, men don’t want to be there, they would hinder medics from doing their job, if he fainted they would sue and he cannot support her as she is unconscious. My qualitative research looked at whether these women and men wanted Dads present at such births. Women have a missing piece of their birth and therefore don’t think it’s their baby, less likely to bond with and breastfeed and more likely to develop depression. Men also develop depression and PTSD and feel at the end of their rope when abandoned during such emergency births. This will share the voices of the parents experience, the problems caused by excluding men and research findings.