parents encounter many unexpected adjustments in life-style following
the birth of their first child. Ignorance about what to expect
can compound the post-partum anxiety they often experience. Post-Partum
Adjustment: Expect More Than A Baby! addresses these changes.
Co-produced by Stuart Math Films and Mindy Malecki, in conjunction with Stephen
Jensik, M.D., Ph.D., and Elizabeth Wrigley, Certified Nurse Midwife, the program
is designed as an aide for health educators, practitioners, hospitals, and parental
discussion groups. The idea for the film grew out of Malecki’s own post-partum
experience with the birth of her daughter.
The documentary features interviews with 12 parents, and shows viewers that they
are not alone with their problems. The parents interviewed in Expect More
Than A Baby! discuss their experiences with, and solutions for, common post-partum
problems, such as time management, regaining intimacy, sleep deprivation, finding
child care, and other areas that are not routinely addressed in birthing classes
or doctors' offices.
Expect More Than A Baby! does not give medical advice
or address clinical post-partum depression, instead, it provides
emotional support for new parents and shows that the not-so-joyous
side of having babies may be inevitable, but that it's manageable
and worth it.