Where Do Men and Women Seek Parenting Advice?

by Ann Douglas

mother and daughterMen and women take very different approaches when it comes to seeking advice about raising a baby -- or so it seems according to these two recent studies about where new moms and dads go for baby-care advice and information.

A study reported in the medical journal Health Education Research noted that a mom-to-be is most likely to turn to three types of people for advice and in this order: 1) her healthcare provider; 2) her pregnancy confidante (mother or close female friend); or 3) her partner.

A new dad on the other hand, is overwhelmingly likely to turn to his partner for advice.

A study published in the Journal of Perinatal Education found:

- 91.8 percent of expectant fathers seek advice from their partners

- 37.1 percent from their mothers or mothers-in-law

- 34.6 percent from other fathers

- 24.4 percent from coworkers

- 23.9 percent from nurses

- 21.0 percent from doctors

- 15.6 percent from their fathers or fathers-in-law.

Who's your go-to person for parenting advice? Do you follow the patterns in the studies? Do you think that men and women differ that much in reality? Shout it out!

Ann Douglas is the author of numerous books about pregnancy and parenting including the bestselling "The Mother of All Pregnancy Books." She regularly contributes to a number of print and online publications, is frequently quoted in the media on a range of parenting-related topics, and has appeared as a guest on a number of television and radio shows. Ann and her husband Neil live in Peterborough, Ontario. with the youngest of their four children. Learn more at her site, having-a-baby.com.

Copyright © Ann Douglas. Permission to publish granted to Pregnancy.org.