Mentally Ill and Pregnant

women and meds

Local film maker Dina Fiasconaro is embarking on a new documentary, Women and Meds, that explores the stories of women living with mental illness who have made the decision that they want to have children. Fiascanaro, who typically makes TV and short narrative films, now is documenting the stories of several women struggling with the decision of whether or not to suspend their medication in order to pursue pregnancy. The film will also feature interviews with doctors, advocates and family members.

“Mental illness and reproductive issues are two topics people are very hesitant to talk about publicly. Stigma and silence only hinder the process of getting well, and the more support from doctors, families and loved ones a woman has, the greater chance of a positive experience and outcome she’ll have,” says Fiasconaro, ”I want Women and Meds to raise awareness and provide some guidance and useful information for other women and their families. I’m hoping that people walk away with a newfound sensitivity to what any woman might be going through, and an understanding of how complicated some of these decisions can be.”

Currently the project is trying to raise money via their kickstarter campaign, which aims to raise $25,000 for the project by September 18th.

To help support the project, or for more information please visit:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/158614119/women-and-meds

www.facebook.com/womenandmeds

www.womenandmeds.tumblr.com

https://twitter.com/womenandmeds

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/72308601

 

Kristin Mcwharter

Kristin McWharter is a multi disciplinary artist based in Baltimore, MD. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art