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Maternal and paternal expectations of antenatal education across the transition to parenthood

Jones, Catriona; Wadephul, Fran; Jomeen, Julie


Fran Wadephul

Julie Jomeen


This study uses research evaluation data to explore parents’ expectations from antenatal classes as they transition from pregnancy to the post-natal period. Understanding parents’ expectations over this time with respect to knowledge and skills provides an opportunity to tailor antenatal classes more closely to the needs of parents. Equally, it is important to understand, if, and how, these expectations are met during the transition to parenthood. Understanding parents expectations of antenatal classes, and exploring the value of classes amongst attendees has the potential to result in improved attendance, reduced dropout rates and overall greater satisfaction. This paper, which explores whether a programme of antenatal classes meets parents expectations across the transmission to parenthood adds to the existing body of research about the preparation needs of parents in early parenthood.


Jones, C., Wadephul, F., & Jomeen, J. (2019). Maternal and paternal expectations of antenatal education across the transition to parenthood. British Journal of Midwifery, 27(4), 235-241.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 12, 2019
Online Publication Date Apr 3, 2019
Publication Date Apr 2, 2019
Deposit Date Apr 3, 2019
Publicly Available Date Oct 3, 2019
Journal British Journal of Midwifery
Print ISSN 0969-4900
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 4
Pages 235-241
Keywords Expectations; Fathers; Mothers; Preparation; Education; Antenatal classes; Childbirth
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