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Louis Theroux: Mothers on the Edge

Louis Theroux: Mothers on the Edge

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Review

When reality doesn’t meet expectations, it can be a blow to anyone. But add the trauma of childbirth and sleep deprivation into the mix and you can see how the mental wellbeing of new mums can be severely affected when they feel that they’re not living up to the myth of perfect, joy-filled parenting.

Here, Louis Theroux, displaying real warmth and insight, visits specialist mother-and-baby units in London and Hampshire and gets to know a group of women who have been admitted with depression, anxiety and psychosis – often sparked by the struggles that come with caring for a newborn. As he discovers, feelings of inadequacy hitting at such an emotional time of life can be particularly damaging.

Summary

The film-maker returns to the UK to spend time in two specialist psychiatric units that treat mothers experiencing serious mental illness while allowing them to live alongside their babies. Immersing himself on the wards, he meets women who have been admitted with a range of serious conditions - including depression, anxiety and psychosis - often triggered by birth or the strains of motherhood.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Louis Theroux
Series Producer Arron Fellows
Documentary