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Relationships 2 - New Fathers

Monday 25th Apr 2016, 12.00pm

This podcast is part of the The Big Questions series.

How do new fathers form relationships with their children? What is the unique role of a father? What do they contribute to the development of their children? What is male post-natal depression?

Having a child is a huge change in any person's life - but research has only recently focussed on the experiences of fathers. Dr Anna Machin explains how fathers have a different mechanism to form bonds with their child from mothers, as they don't have a 'neurochemical shortcut'. But new father's expectations before birth don't always match their expectations afterwards, and this can have a negative effect. She describes male post-natal depression and how her research is shedding light on identifying it and hopefully ways of avoiding it.


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If you have any comments or questions, put them in the comments below.


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Submitted by ALI (not verified) on Sun, 05/08/2016 - 17:12
I would say that all kinds of relationship based on largely feelings which come from how is a brain responsiveness. Hence, our bodies can be tricked into a certain belief by our brains
Submitted by Irmgard Kronsbe... (not verified) on Sun, 05/08/2016 - 18:06
I had twins. My husband is an engineer who needed his sleep so I did the night-shifts on my own and of course I adored my girls, BUT GETTING US ALL TOGETHER AS A WONDERFULLY BONDED FAMILY WAS ACHIEVED BY MY HUSBAND :) spending every free minute with the children, helping with chores, doing just everything which made his children grow up very happy. The first sentence one of my daughters said when waking in the morning was "Where did daddy go?" - so there, men have no problem bonding!

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