Fathers may be unintentionally marginalised by perinatal health services and by the maternal focus of social practices surrounding new babies. There is increasing recognition that a father’s depression and anxiety in the perinatal period can have serious consequences for his family. Health services could better support new fathers by providing them with information on parenting from a father’s perspective, or by running father-specific sessions as part of routine antenatal care programs.
Medical Journal of Australia Vol. 185, Issue 8, p. 461-463