Research suggests that ultrasounds create a powerful connection for dads-to-be.
For many fathers, a pregnancy doesn’t become real until a blurry fetus appears on a screen in a doctor’s office.
According to Tova Walsh, a postdoctoral fellow in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and incoming School of Social Work assistant professor who studies the bonds between fathers and their children, there’s a “magical moment” when fathers see the first ultrasound images of their unborn children.
In recently published research, Walsh spoke with twenty-two expectant fathers, some of whom shared poignant feelings. One said, “Now that we know that it’s a girl … I’m thinking about … walking her down the aisle someday … which is crazy, but I mean, it’s like my brain went from bringing her into the world and taking care of her to making sure she is taken care of (as) to her future and everything....