Thursday, November 14, 2002

After First Baby, Husband's Share of Housework Key "

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After the arrival of baby, new fathers can help hold on to marital harmony by picking up a broom more often, according to new research.

Researchers in the Netherlands found that among the new parents they followed for 2 years, wives and husbands often fell into traditional gender roles after the birth of their baby. Overall, wives took on more housework and bore the brunt of child care, while cutting back on work outside the home." [Post this up in the hospital and give it to nurses who suggest feeding formula will let dad "participate" in the childcare. - JC]

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