We’ve all heard of postnatal depression. It’s a huge thing when a new baby enters the family. Routines are thrown out of whack, relationships are put on hold, not to mention the tiredness that comes with the sleepless nights! But have you ever noticed how dads very rarely get asked how they’re doing?
Postnatal depression in men is a very real thing, and to help bring awareness and hopefully help any dads out there who might be watching, we chatted to the amazing Dr Anna Machin. She is an anthropologist with a specific interest in dads, and she has just released her new book ‘The Life Of Dad’.
We know most people watching this will be mums, so we ask you please to share this video with any dads or dads-to-be in your life. Let’s start opening up the conversation!
Anna mentioned baby massage as a way to help daddy to bond with baby. Did you know that we have a baby massage video course brought to you by baby massage expert Gayle Berry? You can check it out right here.
And don’t forget to head on over to our Support Group if you ever need someone to speak to. It’s not just a place for mums! You can even post anonymously.
Feeling unusually low, having extreme anxiety or worries, and a feeling of inadequacy or not being able to cope are just some of the signs and symptoms to look out for. The rule of thumb is if you just don’t feel like yourself, talk to someone, whether that be a friend, a family member, a GP or someone in our support group. Speaking up is the first and most important step.
Head on over to our Meet The Experts library for more top tips like this.
Taking part in this video:
The Dad Network
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