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What have I done? : motherhood, mental illness & me

Dockrill, Laura2021
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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 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?'. 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.
[London] : Vintage, 2021.
ix, 341 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published: London: Square Peg, 2020.
9781529112542 (pbk)
Dewey class:
618.760092618.76 DOC618.76
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