Paternal Mental Health
Yes!!! Dad's can experience increased depression and anxiety while their partner is pregnant and after a baby is born. The elevated stress during this season in life often increases risk for men as well not just women. In fact if their partner experiences depression or anxiety, Dad's are 50% more likely to also experience depression or anxiety. We don't live in silo's right? Our relationships are important and can impact us. Research shows that between 10-20% of men experience depression and anxiety during the pregnancy and postpartum period. It can also be very traumatic and overwhelming for Dad's to watch their partners giving birth and this can lead to feelings of extreme terror, lack of control, dissociation and "checking out" which can warrant processing through in a safe environment. Dad's can choose to met with us individually or if it feels more comfortable with their partner.