Sweden has a reputation for gender equality, and its child health services seek to support both parents. However, this meta-ethnographic analysis of 62 studies from 2000 to 2015 covering prenatal clinics, labour and birth wards, postnatal wards and child health centres found programmes had not been designed around paternal needs. Therefore, despite the policy change nearly 50 years ago to include both parents, fathers were still not fully accepted and supported.
To provide fathers in Sweden with greater support throughout the child health field, organisational changes should be considered, as this could provide further beneficial outcomes for children, families and society.
Described in the paper is a concept of an alternative educational facility (City center for medical, psychological and social follow-up, diagnosis and consultation of schoolchildren in Yaroslavl) popularizing the healthy mode of life among pupils of general schools. The center's experts developed and tested comprehensive approaches to teaching the motivation and skills of the healthy mode of life through the comprehensive training of pupils, teachers and parents.