Dads share their experiences on becoming fathers

Becoming a dad is an amazing journey, but it’s not always easy. Whether it’s your first child or you have a whole tribe, there are challenges and joys along the way. Reading or listening to other dads share their stories can be a great source of inspiration and support. Hearing about their experiences, both good and bad, can help you feel less alone and more prepared for what’s ahead. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy these stories from dads who have been in your shoes.

Family with baby

After reading many of the Dad Stories and articles my husband felt prepared…

Dad and baby

I’ve discovered through my own journey that so many dads struggle with mental health…

Dad and baby smiling

I found the DadBooster program extremely beneficial to my mental wellbeing…


Dads, we want to hear your stories!

Your stories can help other dads feel less alone, learn from your experiences, and find the support they need.

Dad’s talking about their experiences

Darren Jolly – What helps

Darren Jolly talks about what he found helped when his partner was struggling with postnatal depression.

Scott – One family’s story

Scott shares his personal experience of his partner having postnatal depression.

Luke Tiller – Dads and Postnatal Depression

Luke talks about his experience with postnatal depression. Luke is a father of 2 and shares with you his journey of transitioning from a full time worker to full time dad.

Source: Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa PADA

Ross Hunt – Reveals his experiences

Ross developed postnatal depression following the birth of his daughter Isabelle. He wants people to know the condition can affect dads too.

Community HUGS for Dads

John, Roy and Steve share insights into the challenges of their transition to parenthood.

Postnatal depression in men – BBC Stories

John, Brad and Tony share their experiences on becoming fathers and the challenges they faced.

Insights from health professionals

Signs of Male Postpartum Depression

Will Courtenay, PhD Psychotherapist, explains the signs of depression in men, which can be difficult to recognise as men experience and cope with depression differently to women.

Do Fathers Experience Postpartum Depression?

New dads don’t get depressed, right? Wrong. Postpartum depression CAN affect new fathers. Learn more with Dr. David Levine, SMG Pediatrician and (now) happy new dad!