What are the legal rights for a father concerning a newborn?

He has just as many rights to the child as the mother does. It is his child too after all.

HOWEVER- his rights are not as cut and dry as are the mothers. If his name is NOT on the birth certificate he has NO rights. At that point he would be required to pay for DNA testing to prove it is his child before he can do anything. Then and only then can he exercise his rights as a father.