During pregnancy and then in childbirth, new mums experience some dramatic hormonal changes.

But while these changes in women are relatively well studied … there’s a growing body of evidence finding that biological changes – shifts in hormones and brain activity – happen in men, too.

And these shifts are just one part of the picture.

Men can also experience mental health issues when they become a new dad, like postnatal depression.

On All in the Mind this week, the psychological and biological changes that happen during the transition to fatherhood.


Dave Edwards
PANDA Community Champion

Dr Jacqui Macdonald
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, School of Psychology, Deakin University

Professor James Rilling
Professor, Department of Anthropology, Emory University

Presenter: Sana Qadar

Producer: James Bullen