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ABSTRACT

Eleven first-time fathers who had not attended prenatal classes were interviewed before and after attending their wives' childbirth to determine the father's special needs at this time. The same fifty item questionnaire was utilized in both the predelivery and post-delivery interviews. The results of the survey were compared to a previous study conducted by one of the investigators on first-time fathers who had attended prenatal classes. The comparison revealed that fathers' expectations and needs are very similar whether they attend prenatal classes or not.