Fathers, Birth Trauma and PPND:
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Birth Trauma Association Fathers/Partners Page

“You cope by breaking down in private”: Fathers and PTSD following childbirth
(abstract from a New Zealand study; published in the British Journal of Midwifery, Jan. 2007)

Men Suffer from Birth Trauma Too

Should dads be at the birth?
Opposing viewpoints provided by two experienced fathers, one with trauma from witnessing his son's birth

Fathers trauma and depression

The Other Side of the Glass: A Birth Film for Dads  (pertinent section is from 03:41 – 6:59)
Filmmaker’s site:

Men experience birth trauma too

Is the father’s participation at birth dangerous? by Dr. Michel Odent

A word of advice for fathers

EFT for Fathers’ Birth Trauma
NOTE: This article contains a tapping script. Since EFT works best when we are specific, tapping scripts may be too “global” or
generalized to fully address all aspects of your unique situation. It is provided here as a starting point only, and may be useful for some
common aspects of fathers’ birth trauma.


Postpartum Men website (Dr. Will Courtenay)

New dads can get postpartum depression too  

Even daddies get the blues

New dads can get the baby blues too (2010)

Baby blues? Postpartum depression also affects new dads (2007)

Postpartum depression in men: One dad’s story

Slouching toward fatherhood: A new dad’s postpartum depression

Postpartum depression for new fathers

10% of new dads suffer postpartum depression

Fact or fiction: Fathers can get postpartum depression

Study finds dads suffer postpartum depression

Postpartum depression hits as many dads as moms

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale – Self-Assessment for PPD (mothers)

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale - Self-Assessment for PPND (fathers)

Study: New dads’ depression hurts kids, too

More than 1 in 10 fathers experience postpartum depression, study finds

Study: Postpartum depression affects men too

Prenatal and Postpartum Depression in Fathers and Its Association with Maternal Depression: A Meta-
Analysis; James F Paulson, PhD and Sharnail D. Bazemore, MS;  JAMA. 2010;303(19):1961-1969. doi: 10.1001/jama.

Understanding Male Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression: Not just for moms

Suffering in silence: Dads with postnatal depression

New daddy doldrums

Dads get postpartum blues too

Can men get postpartum depression?