Research reveals postpartum depression affects dads, too

Kara Marxer
June 15, 2017 - 7:11 am

Postpartum depression is a common problem with women but studies show man can also suffer from it, especially following the birth of a first child.

About 10 percent of fathers develop postpartum depression in the first few weeks after the birth of a baby, and that number skyrockets to 25 percent between three and six months following birth. 

"We that it's because the excitement of the newborn is kind of masking whatever might be going on and you're so excited, you can run on no sleep," said Lynn Erdmann, director of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. "But once that routine sets in, the newness, so to speak, or the excitement has worn off some."

To stave off psotpartum depression, new fathers need to get involved early in the baby's life, so they feel more in control and have more input, Erdmann said. 

Early bonding is good for everyone in the family.  

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