New Dad Study

NEST's research aims to improve support for the mental health and wellbeing of new fathers in the UK. You may find the links to additional resources and helplines useful in the resources section.


Our Aim

Nest's Purpose at a Glance

We would like to learn more about new fathers' early experiences of becoming a parent and how this may impact on their mental health and wellbeing. Our findings will inform how health professionals who are in contact with new parents during and after the birth of their baby could better support new fathers.

Why is fathers’ mental health and wellbeing important?

If fathers are well supported they can better support their partners and contribute positively to the whole family. Fathers who are affectionate, supportive, and involved can improve their child’s development. Children who have good relationships with their fathers as they grow up tend to do better at school, are better at understanding others’ needs, better at making decisions and dealing with different situations. They also seem to be able to cope better with stress, and develop better social skills, have fewer behavioural problems and lower rates of criminality and substance misuse.

The challenges of fatherhood

Becoming a father can be a wonderful time. However it can also be stressful and challenging. Studies have shown that many fathers experience poor mental health and wellbeing around the time of their child’s birth, which has a negative impact on their own health and can affect the health and well-being of their partner and child.

This website presents the background and aims of a study that is being carried out in London. If you are a new dad (within one year of the birth of your first child) or you are about to become a new dad, and live in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Ealing, Brent or Harrow you may be able to take part and contribute to this study.


Our News

Stay up to date with our important work:

NEST Study Published Today: A qualitative exploratory study of UK first-time fathers experiences, mental health and wellbeing needs during their transition to fatherhood

This qualitative study presents the experiences and needs of 21 first-time fathers across London.

Sharin Baldwin will be sharing the findings from NEST at a conference in Blackpool in June!

Sharin Baldwin has been invited as a Keynote Speaker to share her research findings from the New Dad Study (NEST) at the national ‘Talking Dads’ conference in Blackpool on 17th June 2019.

Latest publication for NEST in the Journal of Health Visiting

Our latest paper on fathers’ mental health, summarising the implications for health visiting practice has been published in this month’s Journal of Health Visiting.