A Lot of Us are Naive to Postpartum Depression
I have had two boys. I had them natural, no drugs and no postpartum to follow. Yes, I am very thankful for my experience. After giving birth to my second son, a nurse asked me how I felt and if I were happy. I thought this was the oddest question ever, the thought of her being sarcastic ran through my mind too because she was serious and not really smiling. I thought why ask me if I’m happy and not have a smile on your face. Later I learned that she was screening me for postpartum depression. I have to admit that I was naive as to exactly what postpartum depression really was and the seriousness of it and even more the open conversations that should be had about it. If I was in the dark about it, due to lack of open dialog about it, then what’s happening to the moms that are experiencing it and are just as uneducated about the topic as I was?
Getting the Conversation Started
Focus Features’ latest film Tully sheds light on the experience of postpartum depression. Tully is not the cure or answer for postpartum depression but it definitely gets the conversation started. It’s deserving of a “seat at the table” worthy of undivided attention with no-tolerance for judgment about what some women experience after giving birth. Charlize Theron does an excellent job at bringing clarity to behaviors that may have been downplayed and deemed as just being a mom or needing a break. Motherhood is a beautiful experience that comes with a price sometimes and sometimes mother’s need help footing the bill not just economically but mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Take your spouse, take a friend and talk about Tully.
Starring: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, and Ron Livingston
A new comedy from Academy Award®-nominated director Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air”) and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno”). Marlo (Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron), a mother of three including a newborn, is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Mark Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis).
Tully opens nationwide on May 4th
*Thank you Focus Features for hosting me at the screening for Tully. All opinions expressed are my own.