Postnatal Depression and New Motherhood with Emma Jane Unsworth

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What you’ll do

Join award-winning novelist and screenwriter Emma Jane Unsworth for a thought-provoking event exploring new motherhood, postnatal depression and recovery.  

Emma will be joined by midwife and writer Leah Hazard for an honest and hopeful conversation. Together they’ll tackle the biggest taboos around motherhood and mental health, explore the neuroscience of how pregnancy drastically affects women’s brains, and ask how we can be better prepared for the light and shade of motherhood. 

The conversation will weave both speakers’ personal experiences as mothers with clinical research and Leah’s professional perspective as a midwife. It will raise questions about maternal mental health as well as broader issues of society’s attitudes towards motherhood, and what it is to be a woman today. 

You will be able to comment and ask questions using YouTube Live Chat and via Slido during the event. Your microphone and camera will be switched off for the whole session.

Emma Jane Unsworth’s new book ‘After the Storm’ is published on 6 May. It is available as an audiobook.

About your contributors

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Emma Jane Unsworth

@emjaneunsworth on Twitter
@emjaneunsworth on Instagram

Emma Jane Unsworth is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. Her latest novel, ‘Adults’, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Her previous novel, ‘Animals’, was adapted into a film, for which Unsworth wrote the screenplay. The film premiered at Sundance 2019 and Unsworth won the award for Best Debut Screenwriter at the British Independent Film Awards that same year. She is a columnist for Grazia magazine and writes a fortnightly column about friendship. She is also writing for television, including a new comedy show for the BBC. 

Photograph of Leah Hazard

Leah Hazard

@hazard_leah on Twitter
@leahhazard on Instagram

Leah Hazard is a midwife, author of the Sunday Times-bestselling memoir ‘Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story’ and host of the podcast ‘What the Midwife Said’, featuring guests such as Lorraine Kelly, Emma Barnett and more. Her writing about women’s health and the need for positive change in our maternity services has appeared in the Observer, The Times, Grazia and more, and she is a frequent commentator on BBC Radio 4 ‘Woman’s Hour’ and across BBC Scotland. Leah’s next book, ‘Womb: The Inside Story of Where We All Began’, will be published in 2023.



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