Sexuality & Culture

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 541–554 | Cite as

Perceptions of Registered Nurses/Midwives and Obstetricians on Having Males as Expectant Fathers Present in the Delivery Room at Public Hospitals in Trinidad and Tobago: Implications for Women and Their Partners

Original Paper


This study explored the perspectives of obstetricians and registered nurses/midwives on the presence of expectant fathers in the delivery room with a view to understanding the implications for the mother as well as the expectant father. A qualitative research design using a phenomenological approach to understand the nuances and challenges that affect the perceptions and attitudes of obstetricians and registered nurses/midwives on the research issue. Five focus group discussions and five key informant interviews were the data collection strategies. Data were coded openly then combined to form themes which were utilized as the framework for data analysis. Three major themes emerged in the findings which included potential benefits to the mother, potential benefits to the father and potential benefits to the relationship. Generally, obstetricians and registered nurses/midwives held positive views about their presence in the delivery suite. This was related to the perceived positive impact that he could have on the woman during the inter-natal and post-natal periods as well as the quality of the relationship. By extension, their presence could have positive long term benefits on the quality of the relationship. The presence of expectant fathers in the delivery room could have a positive impact on the delivery experience for mothers, fathers and the long term relationship. The findings could provide a framework for other studies including a prospective study on the long term implications for the presence of expectant fathers in the delivery room.


Father Male involvement Labour and delivery Relationship Maternal health outcomes 



The researcher acknowledges the financial contribution from the Graduate Studies Fund, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine as well as Kathy Ann Lootawan and Rea Raghunanan, Research Assistants.


This study was funded by the School of Graduate Studies, University of the West Indies, St Augustine (Grant Number CRP.3.JUN15.10).

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Conflict of interest

The Author has received a research grant from the School of Graduate Studies, University of the West Indies, St Augustine and declares that he has no conflict of interest. Author B declares that he/she has no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of the West IndiesSt AugustineTrinidad and Tobago

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