Parent CornerTo All the Super Dads
Research: New Dads and Postpartum Mental Health

Happy Father's Day! 

Whether you are a dad, a grandpa, a partner, a husband, a step-dad, or a dad-to-be, we hope this weekend is a time for you to feel appreciated for your role in your child's life. In the midst of a partner's (or your own) perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, there may not be the energy or mental space to celebrate you like we want to. But we truly see you and your relationship with your child, and we are so thankful for you and the role you play.
This month in our Parents Corner section, we feature a love letter to dads. We also highlight some new research about dads and perinatal mental health. Be sure to check our the wonderfully comprehensive list of resources specifically for dads, too.

New Dads and Postpartum Mental Health

Last year, to coincide with Father's Day, the British organization National Childbirth Trust (NCT) released results from a study that indicated that 38% of new fathers had concerns about their mental health. As well, 73% of new fathers were worried about their partner's mental health.

The group's Research and Evaluation Department conducted a longitudinal study of new parents' experiences during their child's first two years. Both men and women were invited to complete questionnaires at 6-9 months following the infant's birth, and again at 18-21 months.

The pressure of financial stress, relationship and lifestyle changes, increased workload at home, plus lack of sleep, can all affect a new father's mental health. All of these are issues familiar to women during the postpartum period, but there is less transparency about their effects specifically on fathers. In the words of Dr. Sarah McMullen, NCT Head of Research, "raising awareness of the specific concerns and questions that dads-to-be or new dads have is crucial. Dads sometimes feel uncomfortable about opening up about their feelings but we would encourage them to do so and seek the support they need."

For more information about NCT and the study, please see this link.


PSI offers a monthly chat for men.  This is a place where dads, partners, extended family members or other support people, and  professionals can find some answers and support from an expert and from other men.
Blogs and Online Resources

The Postpartum Dads website was created by PSI Dad ' s Coordinator David Klinker as a forum to help   dads and families by providing firsthand information and guidance. is a place for men with concerns about depression, anxiety, or other problems with  mood after the birth of a child. It promotes self-help, provides important information for fathers,  including a self-assessment for postpartum depression,  hosts an online forum for dads to talk to each other, offers resources, gathers new information about men ' s experiences postpartum, and-- most i mportantly-- helps fathers to beat the baby blues.
National Fatherhood Initiative ® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to reverse the trend towards father absence. They accomplish their mission by education through public awareness, research, and other resources, as well as equipping fathers with resources, training, and technical assistance. ' s mission is to provide support, education, and advocacy for father s who are the  primary caregivers of their children. ' s mission is to provide, facilitate and disseminate current research, proven and  innovative strategies that will encourage and strengthen fathers and families. They offer the following resources on their site:
  • DadTalk Blog and "For Dadscorner, where dads can find tips, hints, and even deals
  • "For Programswhere dads programs looking to get started or expand can find useful information
  • A Library where you can find the latest research and policy on responsible fatherhood
Great Dad provides advice for dad and an online forum to connect to other dads--new, divorced, stay-at- home dads and single dad--on parenting, pregnancy care, adoption, child care, and bringing up kids and teens. is a website about getting the most out of the time you spend with your children. It is intended to be a resource for all dads, but with a special emphasis on helping the non-resident fathers.  Includes ideas for activities to do, and projects to make together. is the website of a father who believes that as women take a larger role in the working world, he must shoulder his share of rearing the children and managing the household. Includes advice  on: children's health, child development, household management, and parenting tips. is a website that provides advice, support, and resources for fathers.
Articles and Videos about Dads and Perinatal Mental Illness
Fathers Respond to Perinatal and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Babies Aloud are films designed to challenge stereotypes by reinforcing the notion of a balanced parental relationship which is fundamental to help the mother affected by postnatal depression to cope with the disorder and to make an effective recovery from it.
Postpartum Depression in Dads (Today's Parent)

Fatherneed by Kyle Pruett
Partnership Parenting by Kyle Pruett
Fatherhood by Ross Parke
Postpartum Husband by Karen Kleiman
Seattle-Area Resources
Seattle PEPS for Dads offers events geared toward new and expectant dads. At these events, dads get together for camaraderie and to hear an expert presenter deliver a short talk on a topic relevant to dads.  Q & A follows, and then time to hang with other new and expectant dads.
Active Dads Network (
A group of 238 dads and counting who identify as the lead caretaker for their families. The group is free and all dads are welcome, regardless of age, baby ' s/child ' s age, sexual orientation, race, religion, etc. The group has a weekly meet-up format that includes a drop-in every Thursday, as well as family- friendly activities that take place at different locations throughout the Seattle area.
Conscious Fathering Program (Parent Trust)
This program offers Skills for New Dads classes at locations in Washington State, plus over 20 locations nationwide. These classes help expectant and new fathers connect with their babies from Day One by keeping their babies comfortable, and having a plan for " when everything goes wrong. "
C lasses and workshops that support   new dads and their babies as they discover their unique relationship   and the importance of this father-to-baby bonding.
The mission of Bootcamp for New Dads  is that every child has a father that they can count on, no matter what. They offer workshops in Everett and Puyallup and have some online resources available, including the Dads Adventure magazine that you can download.
    Perinatal Support Washington Events:
  • Seattle Climb Out of the Darkness is June 18, starting at 10am at Maple Leaf Park in NE Seattle. PS-WA is spearheading the Seattle climb, which is part of the international event from Postpartum Progress that raises awareness of all types of PMADs. For more information and to register, see the Event page.
  • New evening support group in Ballard. Life After Birth is a new drop-in group for pregnant and postpartum families. Tuesdays, 7pm - 9pm, starting June 21. Location: Muza Education Center, in the Olympic Medical Dental Building, 7715 24th Ave NW, 2nd Floor, Seattle. Click HERE for more information.
    Other Events: 
  • University of Washington is conducting a new study and recruiting for an upcoming mindfulness-based childbirth education program for pregnant women who have experienced sexual assault or abuse. Women receive weekly childbirth education sessions as well as individual mindfulness coaching, and the program is free of charge. Starts June 29, on the UW campus. Click HERE for more information.

Are you a Microsoft or King County Employee or spouse of one?  
Please consider supporting us through your respective workplace giving programs. For King County employees, our code is 9187. Our tax ID is 91-1448669. If you are looking for us, be sure to check our old and new name if you don't see us-- we are there. 
Warm line: 1-888-404-7763(PPMD)

Support, Education, Referral
Perinatal Support Washington (formerly Postpartum Support International of Washington)