“When The Bough Breaks” Postpartum Depression Documentary Narrated By Brooke Shields


An honest look into the lives of women who have or had postpartum depression which affects 1 in 7 women. This film uncovers all the unanswered questions. Follow When The Bough Breaks on Facebook.

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When The Bough Breaks is a feature length documentary about postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. Narrated and Executive Produced by Brooke Shields, this shocking film uncovers this very public health issue which affects one in five new mothers after childbirth.

The film follows Lindsay Gerszt, a mother who has been suffering from PPD for six years. Lindsay agrees to let the cameras document her and give us an in depth look at her path to recovery. We meet women who have committed infanticide and families who have lost loved ones to suicide.

Babies are dying, women aren’t speaking out and the signs are being missed. When The Bough Breaks takes us on a journey to find answers and break the silence. This film also features stories from singer Carnie Wilson, actress Tanya Newbould, celebrity chef Aarti Sequeira and Peggy Tanous of The Real Housewives of Orange County.


Brooke Shields signed on in 2015 to narrate and executive produce When The Bough Breaks, a Point Of View Pictures feature-length documentary about postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders. This is an important issue to Shields, who signed on to create more awareness for these insidious disorders which often stay hidden in the shadows with awful results. Some moms plunge into depths of depression without knowing why, and do desperate things when their emotions hit critical mass. Shields has first-hand experience with this: she brought the risks to the forefront by documenting her own struggles in her 2006 book Down Came The Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression.

The film features personal stories from director-producer Jamielyn Lippman and producers Lindsay Gerszt and Tanya Newbould after the latter pair connected in a common bond suffering from the same symptoms — but finding little to no information on the subject despite it impacting 1 in 5 new mothers after childbirth. Singer Carnie Wilson, chef Aarti Sequeria and Real Housewives Of Orange County‘s Peggy Tanous also are featured.


Photo PSI, Postpartum Support International.

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