Postnatal Depression and New Motherhood with Emma Jane Unsworth

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  • Speech-to-text

Watch a recording of award-winning novelist and screenwriter Emma Jane Unsworth in this thought-provoking event exploring new motherhood, postnatal depression and recovery.  

Emma is joined by midwife and writer Leah Hazard for an honest and hopeful conversation. Together they 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 weaves both speakers’ personal experiences as mothers with clinical research and Leah’s professional perspective as a midwife. It raises 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. 

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



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Audio described

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About your contributors

Emma Jane Unsworth


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. 

Leah Hazard


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.