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Fatherhood in focus, sexual activity can wait: New fathers' experience about sexual life after childbirth
Karolinska Institutet.
Karolinska Institutet.
Karolinska Institutet.
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 24, no 4, 716-725 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Becoming a parent is overwhelming for most men  and  women  and  alters  the  sexual  relationship  for many couples. Aim: To describe fathers’ experience about sexual life after childbirth within the first 6 months after childbirth. Method: A descriptive design, using content analysis with a qualitative approach, based on focus group discussions and one-to-one interviews. Participants: Eight  first-time  and  two  subsequent  fathers participated. Results: Three subthemes were identified: Struggling between stereotypes  and  personal  perceptions  of  male  sexuality  during transition to fatherhood; new frames for negotiating sex; a need to feel  safe  and  at  ease  in  the  new  family  situation. The over-arching  theme  emerged  as  ‘transition  to  fatherhood  brings sexual life to a crossroads’ and guided us to a deeper understanding  of  the  difficulties  men  experience  during  the transition  to  fatherhood.  To  get  sexual  life  working,  a number  of  issues  had  to  be  resolved,  such  as  getting involved in the care of the baby and the household and getting  in  tune  with  their  partners  in  regard  to  sexual desire. The men needed to be reassured and prepared for this new situation by health care professionals. Conclusions: New fathers in our study put the baby in focus in early parenthood and were prepared to postpone sex until  both  parties  were  ready,  although  they  needed reassurance to feel at ease with the new family situation. The fathers’ perceptions of sexual life extended to include all kinds of closeness and touching, and it deviated from the stereotype of male sexuality. This is important information for health care providers and midwives to be aware of for their encounters with men (and women) during the transition  to  fatherhood,  and  parenthood  and  can  contribute  to  caring  science  with  a  gender  perspective  on adjustment of sexual life after childbirth.

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Nordic College of Caring Science , 2010. Vol. 24, no 4, 716-725 p.
Keyword [en]
sexuality, fatherhood, postnatal visit, childbirth
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Medical sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-4517DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2009.00768.xISI: 000284121300012PubMedID: 20409069Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-78349241422OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-4517DiVA: diva2:382243
Available from: 2010-12-30 Created: 2010-12-30 Last updated: 2012-11-20Bibliographically approved

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