The partner as a caregiver in the birth process


  • Camila Fernandes da Silva Carvalho
  • Isaiane da Silva Carvalho
  • Rosineide Santana de Brito
  • Allyne Fortes Vitor
  • Ana Luísa Brandão de Carvalho Lira



Obstetric Nursing, Paternity, Labor, Obstetric, Parturition.


Objective: to analyze the scientific production about the role of the man as a caregiver during the birth process of his partner. Methods: integrative review held in electronic databases Scopus, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, PubMed, ISI Web of Knowledge, and Latin American and Caribbean in Health Sciences. Results: there were 389 scientific articles located, of which 26 studies were selected that showed active roles - physical and emotional support - and passive roles – spectator or total lack of viewer participation – of the partner during the birth process. The monitoring of this event by the father is considered positive experience. However, the lack of incentive limits their active participation. Conclusion: despite the historical, religious, cultural, institutional or individual barriers, there is a desire to actively participating in the child´s birth, even though sometimes parents are unprepared to provide the support they would like.




How to Cite

Carvalho, C. F. da S., Carvalho, I. da S., Brito, R. S. de, Vitor, A. F., & Lira, A. L. B. de C. (2015). The partner as a caregiver in the birth process. Rev Rene, 16(4), 613–621.



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