Louis Theroux: Mothers on the Edge

The award-winning documentary maker embeds himself in three psychiatric mother and baby units in the UK. Here women with mental health issues are kept with their babies rather than being separated. With erratic and self-harming behaviour common, the professionals are constantly having to judge whether keeping them together is in anyone’s best interest. The premise is that the mother and baby bond is so strong that separation would be harmful. But when does the mother’s behaviour become detrimental to her and her child’s wellbeing?

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