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It's not all about motherhood in maternity wards and NICUs

Stefan Johansson



Sweden is a good country for parents and when it comes to becoming a father, I think our society is becoming more and more "inclusive".

Illustrated by the welcoming photo outside the maternity ward, an infant - with the father in the background.

In our Karolinska NICUs we are "rooming-in" parents in family rooms, where the baby is taken care of by the parents as much as possible.

We promote the presence of both parents. When only one parent is staying over, it is not uncommon that the father is the one doing that.

Still, we, i.e. fathers in Sweden, have more to work on, before we can say that we equally share all family commitments and responsibilities for our children.



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reddit User:bootable_brain

Totally agree....Fathers are definitely an overlooked resource in NICUs...

Most of the NICUs pay a lot of stress on mothers and only remember the fathers when it is time for settling the bills !!!!

Am very happy to see that things are changing for the better to reflect current parental responsibilities. Fathers are as much mothers to their babies as are mothers. Same attachment....same love...same pain.

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