Dads Matter: Moms Aren’t the Only Ones Who Impact Babies’ Health at Birth

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Researchers at the University of Rochester School of Nursing have recently shown that dads can affect their babies' health - even before they're born. Their study, which was supported by the University of Rochester CTSI, shows that fathers’ education level, age, race or ethnicity can have a bearing on how healthy their children are at birth. “Paternal information is routinely collected during prenatal checkups, but this information has not been utilized to predict birth outcomes,” says study author Ying Meng, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing and former UR CTSI Population Health Research postdoctoral fellow. “Our study suggests we might be able to make those predictions and prevent negative birth outcomes with programs that focus on – or at least include – fathers.”