Paternal Postpartum Depression?
Does anyone have experience with their spouse being depressed after baby was born? My husband has been uncharacteristically frustrated with our second baby. With the first, he bonded very quickly. Last night, the baby started to cry and he insisted on trying to calm her down even though he seemed frustrated. I offered to do it and for him to take our toddler instead, but he wouldn’t let me take over, and was angry with me for trying to do it. When I came back after putting the toddler to bed, he said that he needed to try to calm her down because he was worried because he didn’t know if he could “do it” (take care of the baby, calm her down). He said he feels like this time our roles with the baby are reversed (last time I had PPD). I want to help him, but he’s the kind that would never seek therapy or medication. Anyone know what I can do to help other than listening? I’m also worried because I don’t want him to be around the baby when he is feeling frustrated.