On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Father's Day, here are some 21st century revelations:
Dad-to-be is a mess of hormones. The male brain changes when a baby's on the way, according to Louann Brizendine M.D., author of The Male Brain. First there's a surge in cortisol, the "fight or flight" hormone. Then, shortly before the baby is born, the expectant father's testosterone levels drop dramatically-perhaps understandably, since nurturing, not aggression, is what's called for. Less well understood: a simultaneous rise in the milk-production hormone prolactin.
Dad Gets Postpartum Depression. The new-baby blues ain't just for Mom anymore. The odds a father will suffer from postpartum depression after the birth of his child are 1 in 10 (compared with 1 in 7.14 for mothers). That's twice the rate for the general male population: the odds a man has major depressive disorder are 1 in 20.41. According to researchers, postpartum depression in either parent is bad for the babyRead More »from Modern fathers, for better or worse