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Conceiving a first child: Fathers’ Perceptions of contributing elements to their decision

Objective: To describe the elements that contribute to men’s decision to have a

first child. Background: The factors contributing to women’s and couples’ decisions

to conceive a first child are known. Less research has been carried out on

men’s experiences with respect to such decisions. Methods: Qualitative research

was carried out in 2011. Twelve Canadian first-time fathers were interviewed.

Results: The findings show that fathers consider a set of personal, socio-economic,

interpersonal and temporal characteristics when making the decision to

conceive a child. Conclusions: Better knowledge of the elements influencing

men’s decisions to have a child will make it possible to provide them with support

during the transition to fatherhood.