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Fatherhood Institute - Who's the father? - executive summary

“Who’s the bloke in the room?” a report published by the Fatherhood Institute and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, details how expectant fathers in Britain are key influences on maternal and infant health and wellbeing, including on pregnant women’s smoking, diet, physical activity and mental health, and on children’s later adjustment.

You can access the full Who’s the bloke in the room? report (and others in the series) here

Engaging and supporting fathers to promote breast feeding: a concept analysis

Empirical evidence demonstrates that fathers have a strong influence on a mother’s decision to initiate and continue breast feeding. However, no clear delineation of what behaviours and attributes constitute father support or differentiate it from other kinds of support is provided in the current literature.

All Babies Count: The Dad Project- NSPCC

Through the Dad Project, NSPCC looked at how they could strengthen the relationships between dads, their child and his or her mother, and the services that work with them during pregnancy and the year after a baby is born. The project was run by the NSPCC, with support from the Design Council and funding from the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. Our goal was to explore how we could improve information, advice and support for dads in order to promote their emotional wellbeing and help them to achieve better outcomes for their families.


This is systematic review authored by Adrienne Burgess, Joint CEO and Head of Research at Fatherhood Institute, and colleagues at Yale University,  which identifies programmes that have engaged fathers, either on their own or within the couple.  Just because some interventions in the Table in this review are father-only, it does not mean that engaging with fathers separately from mothers is the best option.  On the contrary, this can be as problematic as engaging with mothers alone. But they are cited in this review because some of the evidence derives from such programmes.