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The Role of Fathers at the Birth: An Interview with Amy Gilliland

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Published on Nov 28, 2015

Penny Simkin interviews Dr. Amy Gilliland, psychologist and doula, about the role of fathers at birth. What kind of support do fathers need? What does the research tell us about a father's experience of birth?

Dr. Gilliland suggests that there is a need for a cultural shift in expectations of fathers at birth and how “research going back decades, as well as the current research, shows that when fathers are alone to do labor support their overwhelming feelings are anxiety and fear . . . the only studies where men have enjoyed being at the birth, they had one-on-one support from a midwife or a doula."

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