PIRI is conducting a research study to evaluate DadBooster. This research study will evaluate the effectiveness of the DadBooster program as a treatment for dads experiencing depression and anxiety after the birth of their child.
Parenthood is a time of transition, requiring you & your partner to mobilise lots of your resources and energy to cope with it. New parents must adapt to a new role with enormous ongoing demands and responsibilities.
Your baby will thrive on getting lots of physical contact, attention and care from you. Sensing your baby's needs will allow you to respond in a way that is sensitive and appropriate to your baby's gestures and sounds.
Having a network of personal supporters can ease at least some of the burdens you are experiencing as a new Dad. Your support network can include your partner, your family members, mates or sporting club members or new contacts you make with local Dads you meet through your baby.
Solving problems is a skill that helps you when a difficult situation arises. It gives you a process for thinking through options, trying out possible solutions, and revising the game plan as needed to figure out what will really work for you, your partner and baby.
Effective communication means being able to communicate clearly and graciously, asking for what you want and saying "No" to things you don't want. Here's a few tips on developing your communication skills.
It is important you look after yourself physically and emotionally. This means making sure you get sleep, exercise and eat well. Whilst doing these things with a baby in the home might seem difficult, with a little planning, it doesn’t have to be impossible.