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Community-based Internet forums are great for new mothers, but could marginalize fathers
Date:1/22/2009

s from the advice, support and friendship they received from other local women" says Professor Hall.

"However some of the women did report that their partners were commenting on how much time they spent on the computer and they acknowledged that social activities were organised that excluded fathers.

"There were some indications that our study group felt that parenting was primarily their responsibility and that fathers didn't need to be included in the discussions. Supporting mothers is very important but it is also vital that fathers are not sidelined in a way that discourages them from being active parents."

The authors conclude that local online support groups can play an important role in helping to support women in what can be an isolating experience, by bringing them together with other mothers with similar expectations, beliefs and knowledge.

"This self-sufficient grass-roots group required limited monitoring by the community health nurse and this format could offer an alternative to face-to-face support groups" says Professor Hall. "Nurses and other healthcare providers could also help women to identify online local or regional resources.

"The forum we studied clearly shows that the opportunity to share experiences with like-minded, local women can stop pregnant women and mothers from feeling isolated and worrying about giving birth and parenting."


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