Am I Not A Mother is a documentary that tells the story of women that Post Natal Depression. The documentary was produced to raise awareness on the often misdiagnosed and misunderstood condition, particularly in the African community.
The focus of the film is on Zimbabwean mothers who have suffered from the stigma of having this condition. The aim of the film is to share the stories of these women and to inspire others to speak up and seek support.
Having a baby is usually thought of as a happy time. However, many new mothers may not necessarily feel this straight away. Women may experience a brief period of feeling emotional and tearful – known as the ‘baby blues’. It usually starts 3-10 days after giving birth and affects around 85% of new mothers. It is so common that it is considered normal.
However, around 10-15% of new mothers develop a much deeper and longer-term depression known as postnatal depression (PND). It usually develops within six weeks of giving birth and can come on gradually or all of a sudden. It can range from being relatively mild to very severe.
Between 10 and 30% of all mothers, in all circumstances, suffer from this middle-range depression. PND may develop slowly any time during the first year of the baby’s life. Untreated, it may continue as a chronic low-grade depression, becoming more acute with subsequent births. Every mother is different, and may have different combinations of symptoms.
“Am I Not A Mother?” gives these forgotten mothers a voice. Watch the film below.
Am I Not A Mother? was produced by HONA AFRICA. Hona means “see” and “Hona Africa” wants you to see Africa. Visit out their website here.