We have written this book because men have not been well-represented in the parental mental health movement. While we have advanced our understanding of maternal mental health, the field, as a whole, has failed to include their partners. We are feminists and see men and women as equals, while acknowledging key differences. The purpose of this book is to include men in the discussion about early parenthood, to foster a gender-equitable, whole-family approach to parental mental health, and to increase awareness about best practices in the care for expectant and new fathers.
“As a clinical psychologist working with expecting and new parents, I’m so happy that Parental Mental Health: Factoring in Fathers has arrived! Challenging the outdated, limiting, and often damaging perceptions of the father’s role, this insightful book beautifully outlines simple steps for healthy changes. The entire family and all the relationships within it will benefit greatly from this gender equitable approach to parenting.”
“Parental Mental Health: Factoring in Fathers asks the questions, ‘Why fathers?’ and ‘Why now?’ and then goes forward to answer BOTH those questions in a clear, concise and caring way. This helpful playbook is for those negotiating the transition to fatherhood with their partner.”