Fathers and Babies Study

Effects of an Intervention on Fathersí Interactions with Infants Born at 34 to 36 Wks. Gestation

Who is Conducting this Study?

Co-Principal Investigators:
Karen Benzies (University of Calgary)
Joyce Magill-Evans (University of Alberta)

What we want to know:

Do home visits with a first-time father and his preterm baby make a difference in how a father plays with his baby?

Why is it important:

Fathers want to be involved with their babies and want to help them grow and develop. Babies grow and develop through play interactions. Although most babies who are born a little early do fine, there are a few babies who need a bit of support for their development. There are programs for mothers, but few are designed specifically for fathers who want to help their babies grow and develop. We want to see if this new program works with first-time fathers of babies born a little early.

What would happen:

  • The visits start when the baby is 4 months old and end when the baby is 8 months old.
  • Each father is randomly assigned to have up to 1 home visit every month for the 5 months.
  • Mothers and fathers complete mailed questionnaires before the first and last home visit.
  • At each visit, fathers are video-taped showing the baby how to play with a new toy. During this time mom has some time for herself.
  • Each home visit is about 1 hour in total. It happens at a time that works for the father and the baby.

Who do we need?

  • First-time, biological fathers of babies born 4 to 6 weeks early (34 to 36 weeks gestation).

Whatís in it for you?

  • A chance to play with your baby and talk about being a dad.
  • A chance to help other fathers with babies who are born a bit early.
  • Information about helping children grow and develop.

Questions or Comments?

We would be happy to hear from you. Please phone or email us with your questions and comments.

Phone: 403-220-8058
Email: info@fathersandbabies.ca