Lauren Shapiro, a mother of three who has written a book titled “Through the Window – How I beat PND”, shared her experience of suffering from Perinatal Distress which is an illness that can occur both before and after birth, manifesting as depression and heightened anxiety.

She says she had thoughts of killing her baby as she felt she was not ready to keep him. She says many mothers end up neglecting their babies due to this.

“When I was having thoughts like that I knew something was very much wrong and not normal I didn’t know what to do about it. I didn’t know who to speak to. I thought people would want to lock me up and take away my children. So I didn’t say anything. I can empathize with women who do drastic things. I felt very desperate for a lot of the time. I was blessed to have a supportive partner,” says Shapiro.