The experiences of new fathers during the first 3 weeks of life


Angela D Henderson, Assistant Professor, The University of British Columbia The School of Nursing, T 206–2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 2B5, Canada.


Research has consistently demonstrated that the transition to parenthood is a stressful event As well, the literature recognizes that the role of the father in North American society is in the process of change The purpose of this qualitative study was to clarify our understanding of the experience of new fathers during the first 3 weeks postpartum Twenty-two fathers were interviewed in their homes using a semi-structured interview format Findings suggest that new fathers go through a predictable three-stage process during the transition to fatherhood In addition, factors were identified which affect the transition Nursing interventions were suggested to facilitate this process and implications for future study included