Opportunities to Address Men's Health during the Perinatal Period - Puerto Rico, 2017

Beatriz Salvesen von Essen*, Katherine Kortsmit, Denise V. D'Angelo, Lee Warner, Ruben A. Smith, Clarissa Simon, Craig F. Garfield, Wanda Hernández Virella, Manuel I.Vargas Bernal

*Corresponding author for this work

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Among men in Puerto Rico whose partner had a recent live birth, fewer than one half reported having a health care visit during the 12 months before the newborn's birth. Despite having limited interaction with the health care system for themselves, approximately 80% of recent fathers in Puerto Rico reported being present during prenatal care visits and at the time of their newborn's delivery. Approximately 90% of recent fathers reported purchasing supplies for the newborn, and approximately 70% reported seeking information on pregnancy and birth from the Internet or other sources. These findings highlight opportunities for public health messaging directed toward fathers during health care visits throughout the perinatal period. Messaging might also reach new and expectant fathers through other sources or locations they visit frequently around the time of pregnancy, such as pregnancy and infant-related websites and businesses. Public health messaging could focus on increasing men's attention to their own health and opportunities to help positively influence their family's overall well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1638-1641
Number of pages4
JournalMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Issue number5152
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Information Management
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Epidemiology


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