Review Baby Ruby: Motherhood is Hell [TIFF]

To say that “Baby Ruby” is intense would be an understatement. Wohl creates such an uncomfortable feeling that the film is arguably intolerable. I stood on the edge of my seat for most of the run – partly because the cinematography was so bad, but also because I couldn’t help but worry about poor baby Ruby and her deteriorating mother, Jo. Postpartum depression is becoming more and more recognized, but it is still a largely misunderstood condition – one that often brings a deep sense of shame. Society tells us that “good” mothers love their children and deal with the stresses and strains of newborn care with ease. But that’s not what the first few months are like for the vast majority of new parents.

As mother-in-law Doris (Jayne Atkinson) confided to Jo: “It was hell.”

I don’t have postpartum depression, and to be honest, both of my kids are relatively easygoing kids. However, I can relate to Jo’s experience in “Baby Ruby.” For years, I’ve heard babies cry at night – even as my youngest was a toddler. I remember the pain of going to the bathroom after giving birth, and the embarrassment of walking in what felt like a pillow wrapped around my crotch. I breastfeed, and sometimes my nipples are so cracked that they bleed. Nursing when you’re tired and in pain – it feels like life is being sucked out of you. I was a different person when I walked into the hospital pregnant than when I left with my baby, and I never felt that experience was faithfully represented in the media – until “Baby Ruby”. “. Review Baby Ruby: Motherhood is Hell [TIFF]

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