Fathers’ subjective lived experiences of their partner’s medically high-risk pregnancy in the Western Cape, South Africa
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The presence of a supportive and attentive father has been shown to hold a myriad of positive health outcomes for a pregnancy, and benefits the wellbeing of the mother, child, and the father himself. Pregnancy is a key period for fathers to become invested in their children’s lives. However, obstetric research continues to be largely feminised, therefore neglects the experiences of men. Considering that existing research shows that the antenatal period is a turbulent time for men, the aim of this research was to explore fathers’ subjective lived experiences of their partner’s medically high-risk pregnancy.