Resource package on engaging men during pregnancy and childbirth

Authors/editor(s): UNFPA/UN Women; Editor: Karine Lepillez, Sr. Gender Consultant, Inclusive Societies; Contributors: Clara Alemann, Director of Programs, Promundo-US; Ché Nembhard, Program Associate, Promundo-US

The health sector is an important entry point to promote the early involvement of fathers in caregiving. However, maternal and child health providers often primarily communicate with mothers and children, and do not often engage men as supportive partners to women or as caregivers themselves. This resource package was created for use by healthcare professionals to help them engage with men during pregnancy and childbirth and to promote active fatherhood.

Divided into thematic areas, the resources provided are intended to help health providers better engage with fathers and create an atmosphere in the clinic setting that welcomes men to prenatal health visits and provides a space for them to critically reflect on and discuss norms that discourage them from being involved in fatherhood. It also provides tools for health practitioners to evaluate their facility’s policies and procedures, and success in raising overall awareness around the importance of engaging men in maternal and child health. The "Resource package on engaging men during pregnancy and childbirth" was developed in the framework of the “EU 4 Gender Equality: Together against gender stereotypes and gender-based violence” programme, funded by the European Union, implemented jointly by UN Women and UNFPA in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Europe and Central Asia

Subject area(s): Gender stereotypes

Resource type: Resource kits

UN Women office involved in publication: Europe and Central Asia Regional Office

Publication year: 2021

Number of pages: 72

Publishing entities: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)