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.