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Fathers who want to be more involved with their newborn children feel held back by lack of support from health staff, government and society, a study by Oxford University researchers has shown.

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The team also identified other issues such as financial and practical concerns, as well as dads’ own beliefs about what makes an ideal father.

Led by Dr Anna Machin, from Oxford University’s Department of Experimental Psychology, the project followed 15 first-time fathers from two months before their child’s birth to six months after. All wanted to be involved with raising their children, but their experiences revealed a number of areas that held them back from being as involved as they wanted.

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