The role of the father in the care of the newborn in an intensive care unit during the covid-19 pandemic: a perspective from the new masculinities


  • Nina Julieth Díaz Jassim Facultad Ciencias de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales. Programa de Maestría en Familia. Universidad Simón Bolívar
  • Elena Patricia Robles Díaz Facultad Eclesiástica de Ciencias Filosóficas, Teológica. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ecuador
  • Anderson Díaz-Pérez Facultad Ciencias de la Salud, Corporación Universitaria Rafael Núñez, Cartagena de Indias


Goal. To analyze the role of the father in the care of the newborn hospitalized in a neonatal intensive care unit. Methodology. This is a qualitative approach study. The selection of open sampling, convenience saturation, interviewing 10 parents where at the end 4 were analyzed where the interviews were conducted in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). The data was analyzed using the Atlas Ti 8.0® program through categories and content analysis. Results. Parents need to face the stressful situation of having their child in an intensive care unit, train and learn about the baby’s health condition, constantly carry out introjection and reflective self-analysis, delve into the spiritual component and also focus on the I work as financial manager. Conclusion. The father’s skills in the care of the hospitalized newborn were identified, such as patience and passion to perform the role of father. It is evident that man has a fundamental role in the care of the newborn.


new masculinities, role, father, caregiver, attachment, child care