When fathers are not present in a child’s life, children are five times more likely to live in poverty and twice as likely to abuse drugs, be abused and neglected, and develop emotional or behavior problems. Centene Corporation strives to work with pregnant members and deliver healthier babies. Making sure that the father is involved throughout the pregnancy is part of the solution.
Dr. Brad Lucas, Chief Medical Officer of Buckeye Community Health Plan, wrote this book to educate expectant fathers of Medicaid recipients about pregnancy and get them involved early on. When dads are involved in their child’s life from the beginning, they are more likely to stay engaged in the child’s entire life.