Mama Courage

Mama Courage by Jessica Pidsley and Matt Bannister

Jessica Pidsley was in perfect health, enjoying a career as an actress, comedian and writer at the end of a straightforward pregnancy with her husband Matthew Bannister.

“I describe Albert’s first weeks as ‘peace and war’. I delivered Albert myself in a pool in our dining room.”

But what happened next, nobody could have predicted.

“I am the most unreliable of narrators to report what actually happened next. The birth was gentle and I remember feeling such love. Then came a tidal wave of terror.”

During the subsequent eleven days, Pidsley had only nine hours sleep.

This is their story about Post Partum Psychosis.

First Broadcast:

Friday 12th May 2017 at 14:15 on BBC Radio 4

Production Credits:

Writers: Jessica Pidsley & Matthew Bannister
Cast: Jessica Pidsley & Matthew Bannister
Broadcast Assistant: Holly Slater
Sound Engineer: David Thomas
Producer: Karen Rose
Music: Solace In Gala by Peter Broderick, Call by Julianna Barwick, Pulling The Rug by Imelda May, The Distance Between Us (Nils Frahm Remix) by Codes In The Clouds, Psycho by Imelda May, Proud and Humble (Steve Osborne Mix) by Imelda May, Say My Name (feat. Arnor Dan) by Olafur Arnalds, Passacaglia by Johan Johannsson, Too Sad To Cry by Imelda May, Shake It Out by Florence and the Machine & Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel

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