Male Postpartum Abandonment Syndrome (MPAS) is an epidemic of disappearing dads and disconnected partnerships, due to parents’ unmet physical and emotional needs.
Our vision is a world where parents are fully resourced with personal and community support. When parents are supported, the whole community can thrive.
The mission of this project is:
To educate and inspire 10,000 family-support professionals about healing the epidemic of disconnected partnerships in growing families.
Pain-to-Joy Connection Continuum:
A Pathway from Disconnection/Hostility to Thriving Connection
Wherever a couple is, there is always room for greater thriving. Over time, both partners grow and change, often in different ways and at different rates. To stay close, couples need to also grow together, which requires tending.
When a baby arrives, ample support is required for such tending. Without it, a partnership can slip closer to the pain side of the Continuum, running the risk of irreparable disconnection.
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.
One or two people do not a village make.
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