What information do men want when their partner is pregnant and they’re about to become a dad? Raising Children Network surveyed expectant dads and dads with children from birth to three years of age and found unique insights that informed a new free online Dads Guide to Pregnancy.

The Dads Guide to Pregnancy looks at what dads and their partners might be going through during each stage of pregnancy including reactions to pregnancy, what to expect, work-life balance, looking after relationships and how to prepare for fatherhood.

Findings from the survey revealed that most expectant dads (66%) don’t look at pregnancy websites because they have limited time and find them too ‘mum-focused’. Expectant dads are also more interested in information about becoming a dad than information on pregnancy and labour. These and other insights were used to inform over 40 online articles – written for dads, with dads and by experts who are dads. This, coupled with Raising Children Network’s smartphone-optimised site, means that busy dads-to-be can read articles on topics that genuinely interest them anywhere, anytime.

‘Men surveyed told us that they want informative, cut-to-the-chase pregnancy information in a conversational style so we took this on board in developing the guide’, said Dr Julie Green, Executive Director of Raising Children Network.

‘Dads have a huge impact on their children and becoming a dad involves lots of learning as you go. The new Dads Guide to Pregnancy gives dads some tools to prepare for the changes in the lead-up to becoming a father.

‘It’s a one-stop-shop that has everything, from money and work, what their partner is going through, reflecting on their own upbringing, preparing for their role in the birth as well as stories from dads on the birth of their babies.

‘All information on the Raising Children Network is based on scientifically validated research. To develop the Dads Guide to Pregnancy, the Raising Children Network also collaborated with experts on key topics, including input from organisations such as PANDA (Post & Antenatal Depression Association).

‘We hope this unique guide leads to more conversations about men looking after themselves too, so that ultimately there are positive outcomes for the overall health and wellbeing of the new family to be’, said Dr Green.

Fast facts – what dads said

In developing the Dads Guide to Pregnancy, Raising Children Network surveyed expectant dads and dads with children from birth to three years of age. There were 502 participants in the survey: 83% fathers, 17% expectant fathers (of which 45% were first-time fathers).

The key things we learnt from dads?

  • Dads want informative, cut-to-the-chase pregnancy content
  • Dads like information written in a conversational style
  • Men want their ‘own space’ online where information is targeted to them and not as ‘mum-focused’
  • Dads have an ‘If it ain’t broke…why fix it?’ approach (especially to their partner relationship)
  • Men feel they ‘don’t have much time’
  • Most said they prefer substantial written information about pregnancy, labour and becoming a dad.

Raisingchildren.net.au is the complete Australian resource for parenting newborns to teens. Developed for Australian families, Raising Children Network is relevant to our unique health, education and support systems. It provides a comprehensive range of information on child health, development and behaviour from infancy to the middle teens in multiple formats including written, graphical, video and interactive resources.

Supported by the Australian Government, the member organisations of the Raising Children Network are the Parenting Research Centre and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute with The Royal Children’s Hospital Centre for Community Child Health.

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