Men with children earn almost a fifth more than their childless counterparts by the age of 40, according to a think-tank study. The IPPR said the "fatherhood pay bonus" had increased over recent decades but that women who gave birth at an early age were tending to end up worse off than before.
Researchers compared the fortunes of men and women born in 1958 and 1970 as part of a project to assess the impact of feminism on working life in the UK.
They found that younger mothers suffered less of difference in earnings than their own mothers' generation by the time they reached the age of 40, down 11 per cent instead of 14 points.
Sally Russell, co-founder of Netmums, who jointly founded the report, said antenatal depression can make it very difficult for parents.
Depression and anxiety can be common in pregnancy, sometimes making life very difficult for both the parents and new baby. Midwives can do a lot to help and reassure, so should be open with mothers and fathers-to-be about the condition and trained to spot the signs.
Those suffering often don't know who to talk to, so it's essential they know they can be open and honest about how they are feeling with midwives.