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"It’s not easy to admit that the worst time of your life was when your baby was born”

As many as eight out of ten new mums struggle in the weeks after birth. But as these stories are often hidden behind the filters of social media, new mothers are left to struggle with the difference between the fairytale and the reality.  Join author and mother Laura Dockrill for a raw and honest conversation as she breaks down taboos on birth and motherhood - and how she came through the other side.  

Joined by a very special guest to be announced next spring, Laura will tell her own story of postpartum psychosis after the birth of her first child, when she became paranoid and delusional and was institutionalised for a fortnight without her baby. 

Hopeful, practical and darkly funny at times, this conversation will explore Laura’s personal experiences and postnatal mental health more widely, break down some of the taboos around motherhood, and how family and friends - mothers or not - can be beacons of hope in a very bleak time.

Don’t miss this chance to hear Laura tell her story, break the silence on postpartum psychosis, and kickstart the conversation to spread a message to new parents that you are not alone.

There is an opportunity to buy a copy of What Have I Done?, RRP £14.99, for only £7.50 when booking your ticket. Laura will be signing copies after the event.

A one-night only event presented by WOW - Women of the World and Vintage Live.

 

  • What Have I Done?

  • This is a raw and honest memoir about being devastated by post-partum psychosis and coming through the other side.

    Laura Dockrill had an idyllic pregnancy and couldn't wait to meet her new baby. But as she went into labour things began to go wrong and Laura started to struggle. A traumatic birth, anxiety about the baby, sleep deprivation, a slow recovery - all these things piled up until Laura (like any new mum) felt overwhelmed.

    As many as 8 out of 10 new mums struggle in the weeks after birth. In Laura's case these feelings escalated scarily quickly into post-partum psychosis. She became paranoid and delusional and had to be institutionalised for a fortnight without her baby. Throughout this time she was haunted by a sense of: 'What have I done?', at first as she wondered if she could cope with her baby, and later because she was trying to grasp at reality as she slipped into nightmarish delusion.

    Laura's experience was devastating but this is a hopeful book. Not only has Laura slowly recovered she has come out the other side stronger and more assured about parenting on her own terms. Now she is determined to break the silence around post-natal mental health and with her story tell new parents: you are not alone.

  • Buy the book

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