Parenthood is a time of transition requiring both mothers and fathers to adapt to new roles, demands and responsibilities. Parents need to continue to make changes to their life to accommodate their own changing needs, those of their baby and partner. This constant demand for adaptation can be draining on energy and resources and leave both mother and father exhausted and, in some cases, depressed and anxious.
Research conducted by the Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) shows that knowing what to expect and being prepared for these major life changes can help dads manage this transition.
As part of its commitment to building a brighter future, PIRI has developed DadSpace, a website dedicated to supporting fathers across Australia. DadSpace, provides information, strategies, tips, resources, and advice specifically for dads.
Development of DadSpace was informed by evidence-based research and ongoing consultation PIRI is conducting with Australian dads. DadSpace expands on PIRIs perinatal support programs which include MumSpace, a website launched in 2017 offering emotional support to women to help them manage the challenges of perinatal depression and anxiety, in their own time and their own way.
DadSpace provides support for the emotional health of dads who are expecting or have a new baby.