Fathers and Partners

Although most people are aware of postpartum depression in new moms, few realize that fathers and partners also become depressed before or after their baby’s birth. This most often occurs three to six months after the birth of their child. Prenatal and postpartum depression tend to run in families. Fathers and partners are more likely to become depressed before or after baby’s birth if the moms were also afflicted.

Symptoms may include:

  • sadness
  • loss of interest
  • sleep problems
  • low energy
  • irritability
  • withdrawal
  • disengagement from the family


Fathers and partners with postpartum emotional disorders may recover without incident. Many others need professional help. Postpartum emotional problems are physical and real. A person can not simply “get over it.” Depression is a a health condition and should be treated as such.

All the symptoms, from the mildest to the most severe are temporary and treatable. Treatment varies, depending on the severity of the symptoms. For more information, please speak to your health care provider, who can recommend treatment and therapies. Some of the links and phone numbers on our Resources page may also be helpful.

There are also websites devoted to this type of depression. We do not endorse, nor are we affiliated with these websites, but you may find information that is helpful to you:




Tips for Postpartum Dads and Partners

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