Is there a new baby in your home? Is your wife or partner expecting?
How are YOU feeling?
Professionals and family members are sometimes so focussed on the mother’s and baby’s health that Dad’s health and feelings often go unnoticed.
Whether this is your 1st baby or you’ve had children before, the birth of a new baby brings about changes and impacts the whole family.
Dads can be affected in many ways:
1) FEELING UNSURE ABOUT HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR PARTNER: You may be supporting a wife or partner who is pregnant or had a baby and is feeling down, depressed or blue. Postpartum Mood Disorders, also known as PMD (which include baby blues, postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety and postpartum psychosis) affect not only the individual, but the whole family. It’s often difficult for Dads to know what to do.
2) FEELING DEPRESSED OR “BLUE”: You may be feeling blue or depressed yourself. Research shows that approximately 10% of men become depressed in the first year after the birth of a baby. Your chances of developing depression might be higher if you wife or partner also has depression.
If you are looking for more information to help your partner or to find resources for yourself, check out the links below:
Postpartum Mood Disorders are serious.
1 in 5 women will experience PMD. PMD is no-one’s fault.
With treatment and support, a woman can recover.
The whole family benefits from help and support.
It is important to get help. In rare cases, PMD can lead to harm to the baby or mother.