Fathers’ Feelings and Experience Related to their Wife/Partner’s Delivery in Northern Greece



Despina Sapountzi-Krepia*, 1, 2, Maria Lavdaniti1, Alexandra Dimitriadou1, Maria Psychogiou2, Markos Sgantzos3, Hong-Gu He4, Eythimios Faros5, Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen2
1 Department of Nursing, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece
2 Department of Nursing Science, University of Kuopio, Finland
3 Department of Medicine, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece
4 Alice Lee Center for Nursing Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore
5 Private Practice, Athens, Greece


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Abstract

Objectives:

The study aims at exploring the feelings and the experience of fathers about their wife/partner’s delivery.

Background:

During the last decades birth attendance by fathers is a common phenomenon across many countries. Fathers’ birth attendance may evoke both positive and negative feelings.

Methodology:

The study was conducted in a city of Northern Greece. The sample consisted of 417 fathers whose wife/partner had given birth during the previous one week to one year. Data were collected using the Kuopio Instrument for Fathers (KIF).

Results:

Father’s feelings about their wife or partner were very positive as nearly all (82.1%) of the participants were proud to become fathers and agree that they felt love and were grateful to their wife/partner. However, half of the fathers felt anxious and nervous. 40.7% quite agree that the staff was very professional, that they trusted the staff (45%) and that they were grateful to the staff (38.8%). There is correlation between the “feelings related to the wife/partner” and education (r=0.156, p=0.0047), “being afraid during the preparatory visit at the obstetric hospital” (r=-0.238, p=0.009), and “anxiety during the preparatory visit” (r=0.295 p=0.005). The subscale “feelings related to the environment and staff” correlates with “usefulness of preparatory visit” (r=-0.223, p=0.004) and the subscale of “experiences related to delivery” correlates with “usefulness of preparatory visit” (r=-0.357, p=0.001).

Conclusions:

Our results support the findings of previous studies, which indicated that birth attendance by fathers has evoked positive feelings about their wife/partner, the delivery, the staff and the hospital environment.

Keywords: Fathers, delivery, feelings, experiences, Greece, birth attendance, survey.