Do Dads Experience Perinatal Grief & Depression After Baby Loss?

Without a doubt – YES. Grief after loss is non selective. Experience and research identifies the importance of supporting all involved the loss of a baby – no matter where you are in your journey. Dads and partners can experience perinatal emotional issues, such as postnatal depression and postnatal anxiety.

The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love 
— Hubert H. Humphrey

Men face a unique set of changes and challenges as they try to support their partner through the journey after losing a baby. Emotional changes may include:

  • stress
  • exhaustion
  • uncertainty
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • relationship conflict
  • difficulty supporting their partner
  • alcohol or substance misuse

Partners may experience difficulties at any stage of the grief journey or trying to conceive process. It is important to be mindful that the risk of experiencing emotional difficulties is much higher if your partner is also experiencing problems such as anxiety, sleeplessness, anger or hyper vigilance.

For example, fathers have a 50% risk of depression if their partner has postnatal depression.

Intuitive self-care provides effective relief and speeds up your recovery. It’s an integral part of navigating your way through difficult times.

We help you to learn what to do to heal yourself before, during and after loss. If you are struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away or having difficulty sleeping, it’s time to get support. It’s time to do something to help your mental, physical or emotional state.

About the author: Narelle Stegehuis specialises in holistic perinatal care. Narelle primarily works with those struggling with pregnancy and infant loss, pregnancy after loss, perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety and postpartum body image concerns. She offers short-term and long-term holistic support and consultation services.