Stephanie M. MacLaughlin is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. She received her BSN from the University of Wisconsin —0shkosh and her MSN from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Professional experience includes positions held as staff nurse in labor and delivery, postpartum, newborn nursery, and in a prenatal clinic.
A Comparison of Prepared and Unprepared First-Time Fathers' Needs During the Childbirth Experience
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1983 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 9–16, March-April 1983
How to Cite
MacLaughlin, S. M. and Taubenheim, A. M. (1983), A Comparison of Prepared and Unprepared First-Time Fathers' Needs During the Childbirth Experience. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 28: 9–16. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(83)90201-X
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
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.