Having a new baby is usually a wonderful event, but with maternity services geared towards Mum, what part does the partner play in ensuring a smooth delivery? Based on public feedback, we identified that partners also wanted to talk about their birth experience.
What we did
We ran two focus groups to talk to dads about their role before, during and after birth. We compiled the findings into an informative report: Dads and Maternity: Partner Experience.
We are committed to listening to under-represented groups and with improvement to maternity services currently being undertaken, we considered this project to be of great importance.
The ultimate aim is to raise awareness that partners want more involvement overall in the birth experience.
You might not be giving birth but you are there and you are important
Dad, Healthwatch Bucks Focus Group
The report also provides recommendations around accessibility to ante-natal classes and asks for guidance and training to midwives on how to talk to and involve partners during birth to be refreshed.
What will we do?
We are pleased to have the support of the Head of Midwifery at Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust and will be working in conjunction with her to take these recommendations forward.
We will also share this report with other hospital trusts whose maternity services are used by Bucks residents.