Fatherhood Programme

For health authorities to improve outcomes through the focused engagement of fathers.

CPD Accredited Training

For health professionals on how father engagement improves outcomes, accredited by Royal College of Midwives.

Family Included

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Fathers are critical in supporting and delivering health outcomes for mothers and babies, during pregnancy, birth and infancy.

We believe the only sustainable approach to fathers engaging in maternal and newborn health is if they lead the way to overcome barriers in local cultures and health services,
building on their caring instincts and motivations.


We are developing father-led approaches in neonatal care.

"“When I first saw M., it was magic, a miracle! I was all alone in the bloc.”

"I don’t want to be weak in front of my wife. I don’t think she knows how bad I am hurting right now."


For three years we have monitored and reported on research on father support for breastfeeding, and we have written a White Paper on what research says for practice.

We are now developing father led approaches to improve breastfeeding rates.

We are a UK registered charity (Charity No. 1170660) and company limited by guarantee (Company No. 10445272).

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