Parenting is difficult and the adjustment is felt by the family. You may be worried about your loved one or feeling low yourself. Research indicates 1 in 10 fathers will experience a postpartum mood disorder. If mom is depressed, dad has a 50% chance of also becoming depressed. Same-sex partners may also experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. If you are a struggling partner, please see our resources below. You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help you will get better.

Resources for Partners:

John A. Valenzuela, Ph.D: Registered Psychological Assistant (CA PSB 94023363), 323-364-4035, Ojai, Private practice specializing in individuals, couples, and groups. Interests include fatherhood and parenting, identity and adolescent issues, childhood disorders, addiction. Supervised by Ira Paul Heilveil, Ph.D. Insurance accepted

The Center for Men's Excellence:

Postpartum Men | Helping Men Beat The Baby Blues:

Postpartum Dads | Helping Families Overcome Postpartum Depression:

For Dads | Postpartum Health Alliance: 

Postpartum Depression Can Happen to Any Parent | The Atlantic:

The Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption