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Husbands of Women With Postpartum Depression Talk About What They Sacrificed To Help

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Having a baby can be one of the most exciting times of a person or couple’s life, but any parent will tell you that it’s one of the most challenging times as well.

While we may associate babies with showers, gifts, prepping the nursery, and preparing to make countless memories, we may not think of the more difficult aspects of bringing a child into the world. And although for many women, the physically taxing act of giving birth may be the hardest part, that’s just the beginning of the struggle for many others.

About 15% of women experience postpartum depression (PPD) after childbirth, with an onset anywhere between one week and several months after delivery. Though not yet fully understood, experts attribute PPD to hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, birth, and motherhood, as well as sleep deprivation, which can turn one’s experience of PPD into a serious mood disorder.

And while 1—26% of new fathers can also experience postpartum depression, it is often up to these dedicated husbands or partners to help in the new mother’s time of the need for her sake, the sake of the baby, and for the whole family. Fathers were asked what they did to help out when their wives suffered from PPD, and this is what they had to say!

Boy waking up dad in bed

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