Production company HONA AFRICA’s has recently released a new short film that raises awareness to ‘the often misdiagnosed and misunderstood condition of Post Natal Depression’. ‘Am I not a Mother’ features stories from Zimbabwean mothers that have suffered from the stigmas associated with the illness.
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.
About Hona Africa
Hona means “see” and “Hona Africa” wants you to see Africa.
Hona Africa is fledgling independent production company created with ambitions to champion the true spirit of Africa. Founders Lawrence Zidyana and Christine Rupiah hope that by being distinct, innovative storytellers, they can bring the best of Africa combined with the highest production values.
Source: Press Release