We all know that it ‘takes a village to raise a child’. Right now, we need to get creative in how we look after each other. Māmā needs her village more than ever now.
Dads and partners, this can be a scary time for you too. Be gentle with yourself and take lots of deep breaths. Māmā needs you to be strong, reassuring and calm for her, especially during her pregnancy and those first few months. You need to be her rock.
When pēpē comes, you can help by taking on most of the work around the house. Take on childcare by becoming the “chief nappy changer”. Cuddle, massage and sing to baby to give mum a rest. This will allow more time for your partner to rest and get the sleep she needs.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you or māmā are not coping. It’s a sign of strength to say you need a hand. Get more information about looking after yourself and how to be a great dad at Great Fathers.
Up to 1 in 10 men experience post-natal depression after their baby is born. If you think you might be depressed, talk to someone you trust or reach out for support.