First-time fathers with postnatal depression
A study conducted in 2019 found that first time dads are at risk of experiencing symptoms of postnatal depression. The likelihood of these symptoms was directly impacted by lack of sleep. About 13% of the men surveyed reported depressive symptoms at 2 and 6 months after the baby was born. This study should raise our awareness that, not only moms are at risk of postpartum depression, but fathers can also experience depressive symptoms after their baby has been born. If your or your spouse feel you may be suffering from postnatal depressive symptoms, please don't hesitate to contact our office or discuss this at visits.
Reference: Cimino, S. (2019, August). First-Time Fathers at Risk of Postnatal Depressive Symptoms. Pediatric News, 144(2), 13.