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Apgar scores for dads

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 19 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1712
  1. Howard J Bennett, paediatrician (
  1. 9 Avalon Court, Bethesda, MD 20816, USA

    Fathers become anxious during labour and delivery.1 This is especially true for first time dads, who have been observed shouting expletives at anyone wearing booties and a face mask. In the past no one quantified this stress or proposed effective ways to help nervous fathers to be. After years of unfunded research, I have come up with a scoring system like the one Virginia Apgar developed 45 years ago.2 My test is performed in the same way as the traditional Apgar score, only in this case the examiner pays attention to the father instead of the baby (not a bad idea since dads are woefully underevaluated during the entire birthing process).

    Apgar scores for dads (ASDs) are assigned right before delivery …

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