Maternal Health and Wellbeing

Men, Masculinity and Early Labour 

Project Duration

November 2014 - May 2016 


British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust 



Project Staff

  • Dr Julie Roberts 1

Staff Institutions

  1. The University of Nottingham


  • To explore men's experiences of being with their partner during early labour
  • To extend knowledge about early labour in social and relationship contexts
  • To introduce the concept of early labour to the sociology of childbirth, and further sociological thinking about fathers and birth
  • To produce sociological insights that have potential to influence current thinking about this men and early labour within health sciences, maternity care and policy


Analysis of representations of men in pregnancy guides, policy documents and other key texts.

Focus groups and interviews with fathers.

Stage of Development

I am recruiting participants for focus groups and interviews.

I would like to talk to fathers about their experiences of being with their partner in the first few hours of her labour. I would love to hear from you if:

  • your youngest child is three months old or younger
  • your baby was born in hospital or in a birth centre
  • labour started spontaneously (your partner was not induced)
  • you are over 18 years old 
Contact me to take part or just to find out more: Julie Roberts                       T: +44 (0) 115 82 30243 E:

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Contact for further information

Dr Julie Roberts




Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group

The University of Nottingham
School of Health Sciences
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 823 0820