6 episodes

When writer and illustrator Laura Dockrill first became a mum, the experience was life changing - but not in the way she was expecting. She woke up on her first Mother’s Day in a psychiatric ward, without a clue where she was, separated from her newborn, with a diagnosis of postpartum psychosis. Since her experience, she’s been on a mission to uncover the psychological effects of bringing a small person into this world and smash the stigmas associated with them. Each week Laura will be talking to guests from a range of different backgrounds and disciplines all with their own unique experience for some heart-breaking, heart warming, gut wrenching, generous, reassuring real talk. #Zombiemum

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When writer and illustrator Laura Dockrill first became a mum, the experience was life changing - but not in the way she was expecting. She woke up on her first Mother’s Day in a psychiatric ward, without a clue where she was, separated from her newborn, with a diagnosis of postpartum psychosis. Since her experience, she’s been on a mission to uncover the psychological effects of bringing a small person into this world and smash the stigmas associated with them. Each week Laura will be talking to guests from a range of different backgrounds and disciplines all with their own unique experience for some heart-breaking, heart warming, gut wrenching, generous, reassuring real talk. #Zombiemum

    Hugo White | 'We're here now'

    Hugo White | 'We're here now'

    In this episode, Laura talks to her partner Hugo White, a musician, record producer and guitarist of band The Maccabees. They discuss the experience of having their first child Jet, how it was for Hugo when Laura was hospitalised with postpartum psychosis, and the ways they approached recovery together. 



    CW: This podcast contains open, honest and often detailed discussions about mental health. This episode contains discussion of postpartum psychosis.



    **Zombiemum Live: Join us on Wednesday 26th May for "Parenting in a pandemic - We did it!" an online celebration of everything us parents have been through over the last year. Laura will be meeting up with special guests Myleene Klass, Freddy McConnell, Terri White, and Nikesh Shukla for some much needed real-talk. Reserve your FREE space here: https://zombiemum.eventbrite.co.uk**



    #Zombiemum is produced by Bea Duncan. It was mastered by Rob Fincham, with original music by Hugo White. The artwork is by Mars West. The Executive Producer is Hana Walker-Brown.



    RESOURCES:

    Action on Postpartum psychosis

    The national charity for women and families affected by postpartum psychosis.

    Website: https://www.app-network.org



    Mind

    Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

    Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

    Website: www.mind.org.uk



    Samaritans

    Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

    Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

    Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

    Remi Sadé | 'One day I’m gonna say yes’

    Remi Sadé | 'One day I’m gonna say yes’

    In this episode, Laura talks to writer Remi Sadé. They talk about Remi’s experience of becoming a parent while at university, her pre and perinatal mental health, and how she got her sleep back after pregnancy.



    CW: This podcast contains open, honest and often detailed discussions about mental health. This episode contains discussion of depression and abortion.



    Zombiemum Live: Join us on Wednesday 26th May for "Parenting in a pandemic - We did it!" an online celebration of everything us parents have been through over the last year. Laura will be meeting up with special guests Myleene Klass, Freddy McConnell, Terri White and Nikesh Shukla for some much needed real-talk. Reserve your FREE space here: https://zombiemum.eventbrite.co.uk/



    #Zombiemum is produced by Bea Duncan. It was mastered by Ben Williams, with original music by Hugo White. The artwork is by Mars West. The Executive Producer is Hana Walker-Brown.



    RESOURCES:

    Action on Postpartum psychosis

    The national charity for women and families affected by postpartum psychosis.

    Website: https://www.app-network.org



    Mind

    Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

    Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

    Website: www.mind.org.uk



    Samaritans

    Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

    Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

    Website: www.samaritans.org.uk



    Association for Post Natal Illness

    Leading organisation providing support to people suffering from postnatal illness

    Website: https://apni.org

    Helpline: 0207 386 0868 (Weekdays 10am-2pm)



    MSI

    MSI is an international non-governmental organisation providing contraception and safe abortion services

    Website: https://www.msichoices.org.uk

    Denise Welch | 'Sometimes the show doesn't have to f**king go on'

    Denise Welch | 'Sometimes the show doesn't have to f**king go on'

    In this episode, Laura talks to actress and television personality Denise Welch. They discuss her birth experiences, the effect it has on her mental health still, and public attitudes and perceptions of mental health.



    CW: This podcast contains open, honest and often detailed discussions about mental health. This episode contains discussion of depression, suicide and drug and alcohol use.



    #Zombiemum is produced by Bea Duncan. It was mastered by Rob Fincham, with original music by Hugo White. The artwork is by Mars West. The Executive Producer is Hana Walker-Brown.



    RESOURCES:

    Action on Postpartum psychosis

    The national charity for women and families affected by postpartum psychosis.

    Website: https://www.app-network.org



    Mind

    Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

    Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

    Website: www.mind.org.uk



    Samaritans

    Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

    Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

    Website: www.samaritans.org.uk



    Recovery

    Advice on recovery sources across the United Kingdom.

    Website: https://www.recovery.org.uk

    Phone: 0203 553 0324 (24 hours)



    Association for Post Natal Illness

    Leading organisation providing support to people suffering from postnatal illness

    Website: https://apni.org

    Helpline: 0207 386 0868 (Weekdays 10am-2pm)



    Zombiemum presents "Parenting in a pandemic - We did it!" a special virtual event on Wednesday 26th May to celebrate everything us parents have been through over the last year. Join Laura and special guests Myleene Klass, Freddy McConnell, Terri White and Nikesh Shukla for some much needed real-talk. Get your FREE tickets here: https://zombiemum.eventbrite.co.uk/

    Joe Wicks | 'Those little moments'

    Joe Wicks | 'Those little moments'

    In this episode, Laura talks to ‘The Body Coach’ Joe Wicks. They discuss the effect that sleep and exercise can have on parents, how he deals with his own mental health in front of his children, and the ways that his own childhood experience has influenced his parenting style.



    **Zombiemum Live: Join us on Wednesday 26th May for "Parenting in a pandemic - We did it!" an online celebration of everything us parents have been through over the last year. Laura will be meeting up with special guests Myleene Klass, Freddy McConnell, Terri White and Nikesh Shukla for some much needed real-talk. Reserve your FREE space here: https://zombiemum.eventbrite.co.uk**



    #Zombiemum is produced by Bea Duncan. It was mastered by Rob Fincham, with original music by Hugo White. The artwork is by Mars West. The Executive Producer is Hana Walker-Brown. 



    CW: This podcast contains open, honest and often detailed discussions about mental health. This episode contains discussion of addiction and OCD.



    RESOURCES:

    Action on Postpartum psychosis

    The national charity for women and families affected by postpartum psychosis.

    Website: https://www.app-network.org



    Mind

    Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

    Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

    Website: www.mind.org.uk



    Samaritans

    Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

    Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

    Website: www.samaritans.org.uk



    OCD UK

    A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.

    Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

    Website: www.ocduk.org



    Recovery

    Advice on recovery sources across the United Kingdom.

    Website: https://www.recovery.org.uk

    Phone: 0203 553 0324 (24 hours)

    Catherine Cho | 'I'd better act sane'

    Catherine Cho | 'I'd better act sane'

    In this episode, Laura talks to writer and literary agent Catherine Cho. They discuss their shared experience of postpartum psychosis, the cultural and familial pressures she faced when having a child, and the ways she explored this through writing her memoir ‘Inferno’.



    #Zombiemum is produced by Bea Duncan. It was mastered by Ben Williams, with original music by Hugo White. The artwork is by Mars West. The Executive Producer is Hana Walker-Brown.



    CW: This podcast contains open, honest and often detailed discussions about mental health. This episode contains discussion of postpartum psychosis and depression.



    RESOURCES:

    Action on Postpartum psychosis

    The national charity for women and families affected by postpartum psychosis

    Website: https://www.app-network.org



    Mind

    Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems

    Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

    Website: www.mind.org.uk



    Samaritans

    Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair

    Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

    Website: www.samaritans.org.uk



    Association for Post Natal Illness

    Leading organisation providing support to people suffering from postnatal illness

    Website: https://apni.org

    Helpline: 0207 386 0868 (Weekdays 10am-2pm)



    Zombiemum presents "Parenting in a pandemic - We did it!" a special virtual event on Wednesday 26th May to celebrate everything us parents have been through over the last year. Join Laura and special guests Myleene Klass, Freddy McConnell, Terri White and Nikesh Shukla for some much needed real-talk. Get your FREE tickets here: https://zombiemum.eventbrite.co.uk/

    Zombiemum Trailer

    Zombiemum Trailer

    Introducing #Zombiemum, a new podcast about the psychological effects of having, raising and being children. Since her own experience with postpartum psychosis, writer and illustrator Laura Dockrill (@LauraDockrill) has been on a mission to smash the stigmas associated with parental mental health. Each week, Laura will be joined by guests from a range of different backgrounds and disciplines, all with their own experiences. Subscribe now to catch the first episode with musician Paloma Faith.



    Zombiemum presents "Parenting in a pandemic - We did it!" a special virtual event on Wednesday 26th May to celebrate everything us parents have been through over the last year. Join Laura and special guests Myleene Klass, Freddy McConnell, Terri White and Nikesh Shukla for some much needed real-talk. Get your FREE tickets here: https://zombiemum.eventbrite.co.uk/

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

GuiltyFeminist ,

Brilliant podcast!

Such an important issue to raise awareness off. Great guests and a lovely host - can’t wait to hear more.

phoebetbrown ,

Best podcast I’ve listened to in years!

Absolutely loved this series! So interesting, funny and heartbreaking at the same time! What a great show for smashing stigmas around parental mental health.

LDB1979! ,

Refreshingly honest and real

Thanks for this podcast. It’s such a relief to know that my experiences are not completely isolated and that others are going through similar times.
Let’s hope we all get better soon 😊

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