Stressed men in poor health at risk for depression during partner pregnancy, child’s infancy

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  • Stress or poor health are depression risks for men whose partners are pregnant, and the risk lasts through much of their child’s infancy, affecting family relationships. 

Why this matters  

  • The importance of fathers and their emotional states and other factors during pregnancy and the postpartum period is beginning to gain attention, and addressing these risk factors could benefit the whole family.

Key results 

  • More than 1 in 50 fathers (2.3%) had depression symptoms before the birth, and 1 in 25 (4.3%) had them during their child’s infancy (at 9 mo).
  • Most men did not have increased symptoms of depression (93.8%).
  • Men who experienced depression symptoms postpartum were more likely to have a part...