How Involved is Your Partner?

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Registered: 07-05-2005
How Involved is Your Partner?
Wed, 03-06-2013 - 2:50pm

Here's one more reason to love doting dads! A just-released study suggests that paternal involvement during pregnancy reduces infant mortality -- lowering a baby's risk of low birth weight and a mom's risk of dangerous complications like anemia, high blood pressure and preeclampsia, which can cause preterm birth.

Researchers at the University of South Florida followed more than 1.39 million babies born in Florida over seven years and checked whether Dad's name was included on each birth certificate (which past studies suggest is linked to paternal involvement). Newborns with dad present in their paperwork were four times more likely to survive. The benefits of an involved dad were even higher for African American moms and babies, says the study.

Interesting!  How inolved has your partner been with your pregnancy? 

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Registered: 01-17-2013
Thu, 03-07-2013 - 12:22pm

This makes a lot of sense to me.  With an involved partner, or some kind of support system, the stress level of the mom is likely reduced.  My husband has been pretty good so far this pregnancy.  He's good about rubbing my feet, running out to get the crazy foods I'm craving, and just being available when I need him.  He isn't able to go to my appointments due to his work schedule, but that is understandable.

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