Director: Dina Fiasconaro
USA, 2015, 53 mins.
Moms & Meds is a documentary film that explores the options women face when they want to have children but take psychotropic medication for mental illness. The film follows multiple women, including the film's director, Dina Fiasconaro, as they attempt to navigate the conflicting attitudes surrounding this issue.
The film focuses on the personal stories of the women, and the many facets, both positive and negative, of making such decisions. Other interviewees include doctors, advocates and family members who influence, and are affected by, these decisions. Their stories and experiences address the struggle and emotional turmoil, as well as the hope and perseverance of the featured women, and advocates for their ability to make the best individual and personal choices for themselves and their families.
Fiasconaro is a filmmaker, professor, and new mother. Her films have screened at various festivals nationwide. She currently works as an Assistant Professor of Film and Video at Stevenson University. Fiasconaro had been taking Neurontin and Klonopin for her anxiety for over a decade, until she purposefully weaned herself off the medication while trying to conceive.
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“It's riveting. You know how you get teary-eyed at stories about mothers with cancer postponing treatment for the sake of their unborn children? Rarely do we treat women who suffer from deadly mental illnesses with the same compassion.” – Cosmopolitan Magazine
“Moms and Meds strays from the warm and fuzzy land of baby showers and gender reveal parties to ignite real conversations about what it's like to be pregnant while dealing with anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.” – Art With Impact
“It’s crucial that both doctors and pregnant (or possibly pregnant) women get educated when it comes to the intensely personal subject of pregnancy and psych meds.” – Baltimore City Paper