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Partners to Parents

Partners to Parents is designed to help couples stay connected when they have a baby.

Partners to Parents provides practical tips for partners on how they can support one another through this major life event. Having a strong and healthy relationship benefits the whole family and reduces the chance of perinatal depression and anxiety.

There’s information on:

  • how to stay connected to your partner
  • how to work together as a team
  • what to do if you think you or your partner is struggling
  • how to communicate with your partner when you are feeling stressed
  • understanding how your sexual relationship may change when you have a baby.

The content is based on research evidence and is endorsed by a panel of more than 50 parents, researchers, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors with expertise in mental health during pregnancy and following childbirth.

Partners to Parents is proud to be father and same sex couple inclusive.

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Last reviewed: July 2016

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Pregnancy and childbirth - Partners to Parents - partner support

Parents' experiences around pregnancy and childbirth, and early parenthood can be very different.Pregnancy is a powerful and life-changing experience.

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Listening to your partner - Partners to Parents - learn tips

Listening to your partner is important. Babies develop well if their parents can listen to one another with respect and affection.

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Adapting to Parenthood - Partners to Parents - learn acceptance

Adapting to parenthood can be tricky! Learn how you and your partner can make this transition as smooth as possible.Use the 5 steps to acceptance.

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Supporting your partner guide for parents - Partners to Parents

Free guidelines for new parents and parents-to-be on how to stay connected and reduce parenting stress when you have a baby.

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When things get heated - Partners to Parents

Parenting can be stressful and you may be fighting more with your partner. Learn the top 5 things to avoid when things get heated.

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Perinatal Anxiety - Partners to Parents

Are you or your partner experiencing perinatal anxiety?Learn the symptoms and how you can support your partner if they are struggling.

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Self care - Partners to Parents

Self care helps you cope with less sleep and recover from birth. Learn how you and your partner can take care of yourselves.

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Helping one another when you become parents - Partners to Parents

Helping one another when you become parents is essential! Learn how to share the workload (without getting into an argument)!

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Depression - Partners to Parents

Are you or your partner experiencing depression? Find out the symptoms of depression in fathers and mothers.

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Problem solving as a team - Partners to Parents

Learn how to engage in effective problem solving by breaking it down into these 5 steps. Improve your teamwork and reduce conflict.

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