Podcast 030: For Dads: How to Ease Your Transition into Fatherhood | Dr. Daniel Singley


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Our guest today on “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Dr. Daniel Singley, a San Diego-based psychologist, Director of the Center for Men’s Excellence and an expert in men’s mental health with a particular emphasis the transition to fatherhood.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. The psychology of masculinity and how it makes fatherhood challenging for many of today’s dads
  2. How post-partum “baby blues” can happen to dads as well and how to prevent it
  3. A 2006 study showing how important it is to the baby’s physical and emotional health for the dad to be involved right away

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About Dr. Daniel Singley

Dr. Daniel Singley is a San Diego-based board certified psychologist and Director of The Center for Men’s Excellence. His research and practice focus on men’s mental health with a particular emphasis on reproductive psychology and the transition to fatherhood.

He conducts trainings and presentations around the country to assist individuals and organizations to enhance their level of father inclusiveness and founded the grant-funded Basic Training for New Dads, Inc. nonprofit in order to give new fathers the tools they need to be highly engaged with their infants as well as their partners.

He is Past President of the APA’s Section on Positive Psychology and currently serves on the Board of the APA’s Division on the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity as well as Postpartum Support International.  

In his free time, Dr. Singley likes to surf, cook, and take his two boys on hikes to throw rocks at things.


About the Author

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old. Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes. His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience. Dr. Jay is also the proud father of his 3 year old son, Niko who keeps him very busy (and happy) outside of the office.