PND Film

Hi all, this is a quick post that I wanted to share as I have some new followers who may not have seen this and who may be going through Post natal depression or know people who are going through it. Its a link to a film that I was part of and also to  the site “MindReel” which I  recommend for all things mental health.. we were awarded money from the NHS to make this.

I also recommend the makers of the film, “Urbancroft who helped immensely in the workshops by running them and in making and editing the film. The two people and also one of their colleagues , and they know who they are, were incredibly supportive, empathic,professional,nutty and just all round amazing people that I got the pleasure to meet and work with for a couple of weeks. I will never forget them and all that they did. i will also not forget the wonderful women who I met as a result of sharing my story and I have nothing but the utmost respect for them and what they experienced when on their own personal journey of postnatal depression.

So here is the link…

http://www.mindreel.org.uk/video/maws-our-journey

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2 Responses to PND Film

  1. Sarah says:

    That was a very powerful piece, and I think it has just as rightful a place in the pregnancy information provided to expectant mums as, say, the breastfeeding DVD I received. Having dealt with depression for a big chunk of my adult life, including PND, I could relate to a lot of what was said. Hearing thoughts similar to my own being shared is a revelation, and such an important tool in normalising feelings so many women struggle with.

    I trained as a midwife and did a placement in the Mother & Baby Unit. Whilst I thought it was very positive that there was such a facility, I actually found it quite frustrating that support was really only focused on when women had got to that crisis point of needing hospitalisation. The unit and provision seemed to me to be ridiculously small in comparison to the scale of the issue. In my whole time in my training, I saw very little in the way of referrals for women with more “functional” levels of mental health issues following the birth of their babies. I do think that although they try their best (and they really, really do), the community midwives have neither the time nor the training to deal with these issues thoroughly. I feel that all too often midwifery ends up being concerned with the technical aspects rather than the emotional ones…which is a huge contributor to the fact I have never practiced since qualifying.

    That sounds incredibly negative, and I don’t mean it to be. I think midwives are willing to be more involved in this issue, but their postnatal contact with women is limited. I feel health visitors take on more of a responsibility here, and I can’t comment on HVs as that isn’t a field I gained experience in. Just personally I felt all I received was a tea&sympathy approach, and my buck was passed to a GP. Now I pop pills and that’s about the extent of my treatment or support.

    • So sorry it’s taken this long to respond. Thanks so much for reading and for watching the film.

      I agree that it should be included in the packs as I know that I would have felt relief knowing that someone else was feeling or experiencing the same things as me and that it wasn’t frightful to have those thoughts.

      One of the girls in the film said that although the Mother&Baby unit helped her and that Roch was amazing, the staff within we’re not always understanding.

      Also, when you said about being at crisis point etc, I agree! There’s only something like 6 beds to cover a huge part of Scotland which is ridiculous. There should be more beds and intervention should be before crisis point… I remember going to my first ante natal appointment and I was told by the midwife “you need to be real bad before you’re referred”.. I was referred and it was more so I believe, due to knowing what names to say and because if the work I had done.

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