At Cradle Thru College Care our focus is not just the pediatric population but the entire family as a whole. Some parents might be first-time parents while others are more seasoned. During pregnancy and thru delivery the majority of the focus is on the newborn and the mother. While this focus is justified, the fathers are sometimes forgotten.

The family unit experiences major changes before and after the baby is delivered. These changes are not limited to financial but emotional changes as well. As a father to a soon-to-be 4 year old, and a newborn on the way, this topic was of interest to me. I was surprised to learn that postpartum depression not only applies to mothers, but fathers are also susceptible to postpartum depression. In fact about 10% of all fathers fall into this category. It is called paternal postpartum depression (PPPD).

Families need to be aware that fathers can show different signs and symptoms of postpartum depression than mothers. The most alarming sign of paternal postpartum depression is violent and/or aggressive behaviors. Attached is a link to an article that discusses this topic. This article follows pediatrician Dr. David Levine as he shares his struggle after his first son was born. He did not realize it at the time but he was suffering from paternal postpartum depression. The article addresses this little-known phenomenon and how Dr. Levine dealt with his diagnosis.  – Vincent Nguyen, FNP-BC

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