Title: The Role of Fathers in Childbirth and Fatherhood: A Comparative Interview Project
The role of fathers in childbirth and fatherhood has evolved significantly in recent years, marking a departure from traditional gender roles. This interview project aims to explore the level of active participation by fathers in the birth of their children and their perceptions of fatherhood. By interviewing two expectant fathers and two fathers of children under the age of two, this study seeks to gain insights into their feelings, involvement during pregnancy, participation in the birthing process, challenges faced as fathers, perceptions of being a “good father,” and the impact of parenthood on their lives. This comparative analysis will provide a comprehensive understanding of the extent to which fathers are actively participating in the births of their children in contemporary society.
The interview project will employ a qualitative research design involving four male participants, divided into two groups: expectant fathers and fathers of young children. Each participant will be interviewed individually using a semi-structured interview protocol. The interview questions for each group will explore their feelings about becoming a father, their involvement during pregnancy, their role in the childbirth process, challenges faced as fathers, perceptions of a “good father,” the impact of fatherhood on their lives, and advice for new fathers.
1. What are your feelings about becoming a father?
This question aims to understand the emotional state of expectant fathers and their anticipation of fatherhood. Their responses will offer insights into their level of preparedness and personal investment in taking on the role of a father.
2. How have you been involved in your partner’s pregnancy?
This question seeks to explore the expectant fathers’ level of involvement during their partner’s pregnancy. It will shed light on their active participation in prenatal care, attending medical appointments, and providing emotional support for their partners.
3. What part will you play in your child’s birth? What part would you like?
This question aims to understand the expectant fathers’ aspirations and expectations regarding their role in the birthing process. It will reveal their desired level of involvement and their preferences for supporting their partners during labor and delivery.
4. What do you think being a “good father” means?
By exploring their perspectives on being a “good father,” this question will provide insights into the expectant fathers’ understanding of their future responsibilities. It will assess their expectations and values regarding their role as fathers.
5. How will having a child change your life?
This question seeks to understand the expectant fathers’ projected impact of fatherhood on their personal lives, relationships, and sense of identity. It aims to explore their expectations of the transformative power of becoming a father.
1. What part did you play in the birth(s) of your child(ren)? What were your feelings about this experience?
This question aims to explore the fathers’ level of participation during childbirth and their emotional responses to the birthing experience. Their answers will reveal their active engagement in the birth process and their emotional connection to the event.
2. What are the three biggest challenges you face as a father?
By eliciting the fathers’ perspectives on the challenges they face, this question will provide insights into their experiences of fatherhood. It will assess the difficulties they encounter and allow for a deeper understanding of the unique obstacles they navigate.
3. What do you think a “good father” is?
This question seeks to uncover the fathers’ perceptions of what constitutes a “good father.” It aims to identify their values, expectations, and beliefs about fulfilling the role of a father.
4. How has having a child changed your life?
By exploring the impact of parenthood on their lives, this question will uncover the fathers’ experiences of personal growth, emotional transformation, and reorientation of priorities. It aims to assess the transformative power of fatherhood.
5. What advice would you give a new father?
This final question seeks to tap into the wisdom and experiences of the fathers, allowing them to offer practical advice and insights to new fathers. Their responses may provide guidance and support to those transitioning into fatherhood.
By conducting interviews with expectant fathers and fathers of young children, this interview project aims to provide valuable insights into the level of active participation by fathers in the births of their children and their perceptions of fatherhood. The comparative analysis of their responses will shed light on the changing roles and expectations of fathers in contemporary society. Understanding the experiences and perspectives of fathers is crucial for promoting involved fatherhood and supporting men in their journey as parents.