Fathers and depression before and after the birth of their baby
fathers; dads; post; natal; postnatal; depression; PND;
When a baby comes along it can turn your world upside down. It is wonderful and exciting to have a baby but also a lot of extra work. Your relationship with your partner has changed and you may feel inadequate about knowing how to care for the baby and support your partner. Whatever you feel we know that you need support in becoming a father.
There’s a widespread belief that antenatal (before the birth) and postnatal (after the birth) depression (PND) are experienced only by women, but stories of the experiences of fathers, and research, show that men can experience antenatal and postnatal depression too. Men suffering from depression need help and support to recover.
The Raising Children Network has a lot of information about fathers' experiences of antenatal and postnatal depression
Pregnancy, birth and baby
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.