Poster from the documentary "When the Bough Breaks"
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For many women, becoming a mom is the best, most beautiful experience ever. But for some new moms, the experience ends up not being what they expected. Not because they don’t love their newborn babies, but because of postpartum depression.

With this in mind, When the Bough Breaks is a powerful new documentary that focuses on a group of women who have experienced postpartum depression (PPD). It’s a heartbreaking look at what can happen to so many women after giving birth, and opens the door for a very important discussion on maternal mental health in the U.S.

But amidst the heartbreak is hope, because there are treatment options, and women suffering from PPD don’t have to go through it alone.

When the Bough Breaks is available on Netflix and iTunes, and includes interviews with mental health professionals, celebrities, and women from all walks of life. The stories told should be heard by all pregnant women, women who want to have kids, women who have kids, as well as the people close to them. So basically, the film should be seen by all adults everywhere.

Lindsay Gerszt is one of the producers on the film, and she also happens to be a mom who shares her PPD journey in the documentary. She told HelloGiggles about her experience.

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They realized that the story they were telling wasn’t just theirs — it belonged to far too many women.

Credit: Courtesy of Lindsay Gerszt

Gerszt has a history with depression, so she tried to combat PPD by being proactive and continuing to take medication throughout her pregnancy. Unfortunately, the medication didn’t work.

“The physical and emotional pain was too hard to bear on most days, and I did not know if or how I would survive,” she said. “I remember wishing it would all just be over and I could go back to the life I had before. I remember holding my son and not knowing how to take care of him. I did not understand how to feed him, play with him, or change his diaper. It was all so foreign to me. What I did know was that I was suffering, and I needed to find a way to recover. As we show in the film, I tried many different treatment options and medications until I found what worked best for me. I credit the film and educating myself more about postpartum depression as a huge part in my recovery.”

Credit: Courtesy of Lindsay Gerszt

The film highlights some treatment options, which include medication, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, vitamin supplementation, and transcranial magnetic stimulatio (TMS).

For more information on maternal mental health, and to connect to other women who are going through it and have gone through it, visit the When the Bough Breaks Facebook page.