Having a baby is one of the most joyous times in a family’s life.
And this transitional time can also bring surprising challenges into a couple’s life.

When parents are supported, the whole community can thrive.

As today’s families grow, it often happens without enough support to meet parents’ needs along with the child’s.

As a result, the relationship between parents can suffer, even deteriorate, sometimes beyond repair.

This is most common in nuclear families with no extended family nearby.

Without proper support a family can struggle, and even fall apart.

We are seeing an epidemic of disappearing dads & disconnected partnerships (emotionally and physically) due to parents’ unmet needs, primarily because of a lack of support.

Let’s shift toward caring for babies (and mamas and papas)
as a large, extended family, not just one or two parents.
It really does take a village.

Let’s do this!

Together Let’s Connect and Thrive!

The Crisis of Disappearing Dads and Failing Marriages

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The Crisis of Disappearing Dads and Failing Marriages

Hope for a Thriving Future

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Hope for a Thriving Future

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Male Postpartum Abandonment Syndrome (MPAS) is
an epidemic of disappearing dads and disconnected partnerships,
due to parents’ unmet physical and emotional needs.

MPAS is preventable.
Let’s work together to heal disconnection in our growing families.

Our vision is a world where parents are fully resourced with personal and community support.

When parents are supported, the whole community can thrive.

Our work is designed to educate family-support professionals in recognizing the symptoms of MPAS (Male Postpartum Abandonment Syndrome) and to provide awareness of, and access to, effective solutions and resources for families to be able to thrive.

Theoretically it only takes one insightful, responsive parent to give a child the bond he or she needs to successfully attach and live a healthy productive life. But actually, in order to thrive, it takes approximately 3.87 engaged and responsive adults per infant to support all members of the family. All family members must thrive, not just the child.

Parents in a nuclear family environment, who don’t have extended family nearby, have little chance of everyone thriving. The pressure on nuclear families is extensive and turns quickly into stress and struggle when a baby is born. Survival is the norm, but thriving is not.

When a couple-ship struggles (and often deteriorates) due to a lack of support—so can the family. This leaves parents strained and under-resourced, unable to offer their best for the child. When parents separate or divorce, this disruption adds layers of challenge to the potential security of the children in the family, which has a multi-faceted, long-lasting societal impact.

Our vision is a world where parents are fully resourced with community support and are able to offer at least one primary caregiver who can establish that secure attachment foundation. If the parent isn’t fully resourced, it’s more difficult to be present and responsive to the child.

When parents are richly supported, the whole community can fully thrive and be healthy—starting early in life, and continuing for generations.

Click here to learn more about the MPAS crisis.

One or two people do not a village make.

— Scott NoelleEnjoyParenting.com

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