How and why we made a film
In 2016 Emma Lazenby, director of ForMed Films CIC, first met consultant obstetrician Rachel Liebling. Through her work at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol, Rachel had experienced a need for education around perinatal mental health. Emma and Rachel decided to work together on Perinatal Positivity, a project to show families-to-be and health professionals the reality of perinatal mental health issues, but also that recovery is possible.
Since those first conversations Emma has worked with numerous parents, health professionals and charities. ‘Ultimately, our hope is that these stories will help families to be more aware, to keep talking, to look after each other, to know they are normal and to find help as soon as possible.’
In order to make this film, ForMed Films:
- Surveyed over 180 people about their personal experiences of perinatal mental health issues
- Run focus groups with people experiencing mental health problems
- Interviewed 15 people who spoke in-depth about their experiences; six of these parents were used in the final film
- Collaborated with obstetricians, midwives and health visitors, as well as local perinatal mental health charities, such as Bluebell Care, to ensure that the film was accurate and reflected a range of experiences, support and self-care strategies.
ForMed films would like to especially thank the women and men who agreed to be interviewed, to tell their stories and share their experiences to help others. These eight hours of interviews have formed the six minute film.
Who made the film?
Film Director, ForMed Films CIC
Dr Rachel Liebling
Consultant in fetal medicine & obstetrics
Health Visitor & Founder of Foundation for Mother & Child
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Founder & CEO Bluebell Care Trust
Mental Health & Bereavement Lead
Producer, ForMed Films