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You are a father now. Whoa. You and your partner have a little human to care for. Things are changing fast. We learn right away that when we become parents we’re going to need to make some sacrifices: we are no longer the focus of our own lives; our children are. The enormous and quick…

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Lesbian Co-Mothers and Transition to Motherhood

A small qualitative study published in the March 2017 issue of Perspective, the journal of Britain’s National Childbirth Trust (NCT), focused on the experiences of the non-birth mother in a lesbian partnership. The hetero-normative language used around pregnancy and birth was a meta-theme that arose within each sub-theme the researcher identified. For the purposes of…

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Paternal Postpartum Depression: The Research

Postpartum depression is generally considered a maternal phenomenon, and most research about postpartum mood disorders centers around new mothers. But fathers can and do experience these issues as well. A recent study in the journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice followed 199 couples whose child was 4.5 months old at the post-partum assessment…

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Seattle Dadvocate: Interview with Chris Casazza

In celebration of Father’s Day this month, we reached out to Chris Casazza, a Licensed Counselor whose primary focus is working with fathers, to gain some perspective about how perinatal mood and anxiety disorders impact men. Challenges Facing New Dads Chris states that from his perspective, the biggest challenge for new fathers is defining their…

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