Young fathers feel they are being excluded from caring for their families as they are overlooked by health workers, according to a new study.
Researchers at Coventry University found these men felt they were ignored by midwives and their parents, as partners went through ante and post-natal care.
These young fathers also felt left out during labour and caring for their baby.
The study, funded by Warwickshire Teenage Pregnancy Partnership Board, was carried out by a team of researchers at the university's Centre of Social Justice.
Researchers found that provision of services and support for young fathers across the county is poor, and that many health workers needed training to dispel stereotypes of teenage parents.
They found that the needs of these men are often seen as secondary and in some cases non-existent. Many young fathers said they were made to feel unwelcome at antenatal and parenting classes.