Training package for healthcare professionals on engaging men in prenatal care

Authors/editor(s): UNFPA/UN Women; Editor: Karine Lepillez, Sr. Gender Consultant, Inclusive Societies; Contributor: 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 do not engage men as supportive partners to women or as caregivers themselves.

This training package was created to help healthcare professionals engage with men during pregnancy and childbirth and to promote active fatherhood. Accompanied by slides for use in presentations, and including prenatal visit practice with roleplaying exercises, it is intended to help health providers better engage with fathers. It also provides health professionals with a module on gender-based violence, including a scenario with a pregnant survivor of violence.

The Training Package on Engaging Men in Prenatal Care 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; Gender equality and inequality; Men and boys (masculinity); Maternal health

Resource type: Best practices; Manuals/guides

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

Publication year: 2021

Number of pages: 132 pages + 124 slides for training sessions

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