Sad Dad: An Exploration of Postnatal Depression in Fathers

Olivia Spencer


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Can fathers really get postnatal depression? What does this mean for their children and partners? How can we tell if a father is depressed? What can be done about it? Why has it gone undetected and under-acknowledged for so long? In a ground breaking project, the author explores recent research and  begins by asking whether the phenomenon is real. After interviewing a number of prominent experts she reaches a conclusion which will surprise many and could cause a shift in perceptions about childbirth. The author uses first hand accounts from fathers as well as contributions from experts like world-renowned obstetrician Michel Odent, writer and academic Andrew Solomon, psychotherapist Adam Jukes, paediatrician Aldo Naouri, and Jeszemma Garratt of the Fatherhood Institute who shed unique light on this potentially controversial but hitherto virtually unrecognised problem. Olivia Spencer is a writer and researcher living in London with her children and their father.

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