Foreword on behalf of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance
This article looks at antenatal and postnatal mental health, addressing explicitly the role of fathers and the impact they can have on the health and well-being of mothers and infants.1 It provides an overview of the available evidence on mothers’ depression, fathers’ roles in new mothers’ depression, the prevalence of fathers’ own depression and factors associated with its development, and the impact of fathers’ depression on infants and children. It looks in particular at whether it is possible for fathers to ameliorate the impact of mothers’ depression on their infants by acting as a buffer and presents the available evidence on tested interventions. Databases searched include MIDIRS, Cochrane, Medline, ScienceDirect, PubMed, Embase, IBSS, British Nursing Index, PsycInfo, ASSIA, NCT and Google Scholar. Terms searched were ‘father + depression’ ‘father + postnatal depression’ ‘father + postpartum depression’ ‘father + pre-natal depression’ ‘partner + postnatal depression’.