The Changing Role of Today’s New Dads

The role today’s dads play in childbirth and newborn care is evolving.

Today’s New Dads

There was a time when a father’s role was relegated to breadwinner and disciplinarian. Even childbirth and infant care was a hands-off experience. Not so anymore. Today’s new dads are actively involved with their children even before they are born and they play a big role in those early months of life, explains Nora Spinks with The Vanier Institute of the Family. “When we look at dads today, they’re more involved in participating in things like prenatal programs, and they’re actively involved in labour and delivery. We’re also seeing dads very actively involved in those early days in part because they want to be there, and in part because, historically, the care of the newborn, and the new mom was done by grandmother or grand mother-in-law. They’re now in the paid labour force and so dads are picking up that particular role.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Nora Spinks, CEO of the Vanier Institute of the Family.

From the nationally syndicated radio show “The Parent Report”, hosted by Joanne Wilson and heard on more than 100 radio stations. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service

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