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Fatherhood in Midwifery and Neonatal Practice

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Rationale and the drive to engage fathers Biological, sociological and psychological perspectives Fatherhood: definitions, key terms and ideas Becoming a father Practicing fatherhood Fatherhood in adversity Fathers at birth Fathers in the postnatal period

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Dr. Merryl Harvey is a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University, and also works at Imperial College London as a research nurse to the ePrime study. From 2004-2007 Merryl held the BLISS Neonatal Nurse Research Fellow post at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit based at the University of Oxford, and she is currently a member of the MIDIRS Midwifery Digest editorial board. Dr. Kevin Hugill is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. Kevin has worked in a number of neonatal units and higher education institutions in a variety of clinical, managerial, educational and combined roles.


"an interesting and informative read - it gives a good overview of research on fathers' involvement in maternity care" Jenny Barrett, antenatal teacher. "This book is a timely addition to parenting literature at, and around, the time of birth" Liz Cratham, Neonatal Lecturer, University of Sheffield. "The book offers practical guidance on how midwives, neonatal nurses and other health professionals can help to support fathers in their new role" Cathy Taylr, Health Visiting Lecturer, Swansea University.

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