Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

paternal; stress; parental stress
Key points
  1. The birth of a preterm or sick infant presents stressful challenges for fathers.
  2. Paternal stress can be reduced by involvement and engagement techniques supported by NICU staff.
  3. The focus should be on helping the father to feel more control, to enhance his bonding with the infant and be an active participant in the care of his baby, alongside the mother.

Also published in Infant:

Trauma in fathers following complicated childbirth: the need for intervention
It is well known that the mental health of both parents, especially in the early post-partum period, can have a significant negative impact on the psychological wellbeing of an infant. There is growing evidence that fathers can experience trauma, potentially resulting in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the complicated delivery of their child. Currently there is little research that has been conducted on the prevalence of PTSD in these fathers, or the need for them to be treated accordingly. An extensive literature review was conducted to assess the current status of the research in this field; the clinical implications of these findings are discussed.