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What Have I Done?: An honest memoir about surviving post-natal mental illness (Hardback)
  • What Have I Done?: An honest memoir about surviving post-natal mental illness (Hardback)
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What Have I Done?: An honest memoir about surviving post-natal mental illness (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 07/05/2020
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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.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781529110210
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 222 x 138 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"I saw the end of the world in her eyes. I knew she was in there somewhere but she was being held prisoner by her mind and we were all helpless to it. Sometimes things happen to us which means we can save other people, my own experience with mental health helped save her and now here she is about to save a whole generation of women!" * Adele *
"Having had a terrible time after the birth of my first born I was so overwhelmed with relief that Laura wrote this book for those of us who didn't have the fairytale. What I think it's important to know is that even though things don't always go to plan and all parents make mistakes it doesn't mean your aren't a superhero or a power mum in your own right. Thank you Laura for making us all feel worthy and all feel more love for our children than ever before. We don't make them, they make us and that can manifest in so many different ways. A must read for all of those muddling through." * Paloma Faith *
"This is a generous, humane, brave gift of a book. Its guts and humour spoke to me loud and clear. I wept for Laura, women I love, and ones I've never met, many times throughout. There's a conspiracy of silence around so many of areas of birth and new motherhood, and Laura is breaking the glass ceiling of it, with glorious honesty, humour and humility. I salute you, Laura - you're a fucking warrior!" * Sophie Dahl *

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