Outer Banks Birth Network to Bring Dark Side of the Full Moon to the Outer Banks
Join us for a Screening of the Most Shocking Documentary about American Motherhood
Kill Devil Hills, NC – Having a baby is supposed to be the happiest time of your life. But what if it’s not? Each year, 1.3 million women in the U. S. struggle to find support and treatment for postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders.
Two women, Jennifer Silliman and Maureen Fura, both with firsthand knowledge of this challenge, came together to give a face and a voice to the countless women who suffer in silence. With the help of Dr. Shoshana Bennett, Executive Producer, they produced a documentary film, uncovering disconnects within the medical community to effectively screen, refer, and treat these women.
The Outer Banks Birth Network is excited to offer a FREE special screening of this documentary, Dark Side of the Full Moon, at RC Theaters Kill Devil Hills Movies 10 on November 16, 2016 at 7pm.
“We at Outer Banks Women’s Care and The Outer Banks Hospital are pleased to be partnering with the Outer Banks Birth Network and the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, to raise awareness for post-partum depression”, said Dr. Dan Dwyer. “Pregnancy and childbirth exert significant and unique pressures on new moms. Our unique geography has the potential to make moms feel isolated. Our goal is to identify those women at risk for depression and pair them with timely and available resources.”
One in seven women will experience a pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorder, and one in one thousand will suffer from postpartum psychosis. However, it is the one condition during pregnancy and postpartum that is most often under-diagnosed by care providers. “Nobody is asking any questions. Women are dying! Families are suffering! And there still isn’t a comprehensive policy to protect mothers,” says Fura, the film’s writer and director.
The screening was made possible through a Maternal Child Health Grant and will feature information about perinatal mental health and local resources. A community discussion with local medical and mental health professionals facilitated by Ashley Marshall, Certified Nurse-Midwife and Maternal Health Program Coordinator, Dare County Department of Health & Human Services – Public Health Division will follow the film.