When a father drinks he influences the mother’s drinking. Women most often drink with their partners. Men who drink heavily are unlikely to provide the necessary emotional support and care during pregnancy.
A man’s drinking after the baby is born, could impact the child in a negative way.
HOW IMPORTANT IS THE ROLE OF THE FATHER?
- Your support and the sharing of responsibilities is important to the health of mom and baby
- Your support and listening skills can help to reduce stress
- Ask what you can do to support
The role of the father is a lifelong commitment and helps provide healthy, confident children that form positive friendships. Children are less likely to engage in high risk behaviours, teen pregnancies (13% higher with no father present) or grow up in poverty (47% higher with no father present).