Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Moms have drastically better mental health when their partners take time off work

While everybody is focused on the baby after it's born, mothers are acutely at risk. Worldwide, 17.7% of new mothers experience postpartum depression. While the potential causes of maternal distress are many, new research on Sweden suggests that simply having fathers more available to help out with the newborn can lead to huge gains in mental health for mothers.

Mothers are 14% less likely to visit a doctor for childbirth-related complications when fathers are present for the first few of a baby's life. They are also 11% less likely to require antibiotic prescriptions, and 26% less likely to need anti-anxiety medication. The new National Bureau of Economics working paper, authored by Stanford economists Petra Persson and Maya Rossin-... Read More