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

Jones, Catriona; Wadephul, Franziska; Jomeen, Julie


Catriona Jones

Franziska Wadephul

Julie Jomeen


Background: Understanding parents' expectations of the knowledge and skills that they will acquire during antenatal classes provides an opportunity to tailor classes more closely to their needs. Aims: To explore whether a programme of antenatal classes met parents' expectations across the transition to parenthood. Methods: This study used research evaluation data to explore parents' expectations from antenatal classes as they transitioned from pregnancy to the postnatal period. Findings: Findings indicated that expectant mothers and fathers had different learning needs at different times, and that while expectant mothers were clear about what they want to know from classes, fathers entered classes with unspecific learning needs.These became slightly more focused as pregnancy progresses, but generally speaking, remained fairly vague. Conclusion: Understanding parents expectations of antenatal classes, and exploring the value of classes among attendees has the potential to result in improved attendance, reduced dropout rates and overall greater satisfaction.


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 27, 2022
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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