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what role do the fathers play in prenatal care? how are the fathers involved by the doctor during prenatal care?

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Dr. Joseph Torkildson
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 39 years experience
Very important: Women go through a variety of physical and emotional changes as they go through pregnancy. In traditional couples the father serves as a main source of support to the mother. They can help with a variety of activities that become more difficult as the preganancy progresses. Obstetricians will involve fathers to different degrees; finding one that meets your needs in this regard is important.
Dr. Jon Ahlstrom
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
As much as you like.: Many fathers attend prenatal visits. This may vary due to work schedules or other obligations. At a minimum consider attending one of the first few visits as well as the ultrasound and then again a month before the due date to review the roles in labor. It is also good to attend the prenatal education classes offered by most hospitals.
Dr. Jon Ahlstrom
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
As much as you like.: Many fathers attend prenatal visits. This may vary due to work schedules or other obligations. At a minimum consider attending one of the first few visits as well as the ultrasound and then again a month before the due date to review the roles in labor. It is also good to attend the prenatal education classes offered by most hospitals.

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Is it a good idea to do antenatal classes?

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Yes: I think it is a great idea for first time parents. I think it helps relieve some of the anxiety about delivery when you have learned what to expect.
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How do I get to antenatal classes?

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What are antenatal classes?

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What is invasive prenatal diagnosis?

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Is it possible for marfan's syndrome to be detected prenatally?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Yes: A special genetic test can compare the genes of a fetus (obtained by chorionic villus sampling) with the known gene defect of the Marfan syndrome parent (by previously testing the parent) to see if the fetus has the same type of defect as the diseased parent.

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