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Premiering Today! New YouTube Series Addresses Postpartum Depression

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Actress Anna Paquin in the new series "Susanna"

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“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage,” I used to sing gayly on the blacktop at recess as I jumped rope. It all sounds so nice and simple, like a present wrapped in a bow. But as we all know, life is not as easy as the jingle had us believe when we were young, particularly the part about having kids.

More women are beginning to discuss the struggles and more serious medical side-effects of giving birth— specifically postpartum depression—but the subject still feels taboo. Director/writer/producer Jon Avnet hopes that his new YouTube series Susanna on the WIGS channel will help eliminate the stigma associated with the condition. The drama tells the story of Katie (Anna Paquin), a new mom suffering from acute postpartum depression, and her younger sister Susanna (Maggie Grace), who must step in to care for her newborn niece when it is clear that Katie’s illness is dire.

According to Postpartum Support International, 15 percent of women experience major or minor depression after the birth of their child. Yet, so many of us are in the dark about the condition and its symptoms. Like Katie, women experiencing postpartum depression often feel a lack of connection to the baby they were so looking forward to meeting. As a new mom, Katie feels rejected, like her baby is a stranger to her. Avnet combines Katie’s feelings of insecurity with the sleep deprivation and uncertainty that every new mother experiences to create a relatable and powerful story.

Each episode is a quick but impactful 10-minute view into Katie’s world, showing suffering mothers that they are not alone, postpartum depression is more common than we think, and there is no shame in talking about it and seeking help.

Susanna starring Anna Paquin and Maggie Grace debuts with six episodes Friday, June 14 on WIGS.

Click here to watch a preview clip of the series.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Nation’s First Sex-Ed Standardized Testing Shows Students’ Gaps
Results from the first-ever standardized test about sex-education shows that fifth- and eighth-graders have a lot to learn about their bodies. (via ABC News)

Confirmation That Studying and Child Labor Are Incompatible, Study Finds
Labor conditions, the amount of hours and working during the morning are the factors that most negatively affect the academic development of children who work, researchers find. (via ScienceDaily)

What Parents Need to Know About Facebook’s New Privacy Controls
Facebook changed its privacy settings on Wednesday and it’s important to know what the new changes mean for users, especially your digitally-connected children. (via Mashable)

Less Post-Partum Depression Among Married Women, Study Finds
Women who are married suffer less partner abuse, substance abuse or post-partum depression around the time of pregnancy than women who are cohabitating or do not have a partner, a new study has found. (via ScienceDaily)

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