Each film looks at a particular aspect of this relationship, examines the particular stressors and misconceptions that  can cause it to become unbalanced and  proposes possible remedies.

The films are not intended to positivistic, in the sense of linking specific problems with specific solutions. Often problems in postnatal depression are not well defined and overlap with the ordinary responsibilities of parenthood and child-care. Rather they are intended to stimulate a focused discussion in which possible difficulties and possible solutions can be constructively debated. 

"Babies aloud" is a trilogy of professionally acted and edited five minute teaching films  produced by Swansea University in collaboration with the Marcé Society.

A concern for clinical professionals and clinical educators is that pregnancy, childbirth, and  issues surrounding it may be seen as 'women's business', in which the part  played by men is peripheral at best. These films are designed to challenge this stereotype by reinforcing the notion of  a balanced parental relationship which is fundamental in helping the mother affected by post natal depression to cope with the disorder and to make an effective recovery from it. 


The DVD's cost £10 plus postage and packing (£2 per copy in UK).   Please send your request for the number required plus an official order number to; v.j.hanley@swan.ac.uk . An invoice will be enclosed with the supplied DVD.Alternatively private purchasers should send a cheque or postal order to:

Dr Jane Hanley,
College of Human and Health Sciences
Swansea University (Building 3)
St David’s Park
Jobswell Road
SA31 3HB

NB. Please do not forget to include the full delivery address. Delivery will normally take no more than 5 days from receipt of the order.



Detail on the Films follows: 

(This material is provided with the DVD )

Film 1: “Coffee - a plaice in thyme” 

This is the chance meeting of two men at a coffee machine and captures the developing synergy between them. One angry man divulges the source of his irritation, the relationship with his wife. The older man offers support and general advice, suggesting that his wife is suffering from postnatal depression, which is confirmed by the younger man. Contrary to the opinion of the younger man it is no-one’s fault, and if he is more demonstrative in his concern about his wife, this might help alleviate the difficult situation. The younger man expresses his gratitude and in a more composed mood, leaves the scene. 

The film illustrates the lack of knowledge and preconceived ideas men might have about mothers’ problems. The older man offers solutions.


·         To generate discussion on men’s attitudes to postnatal depression

·         To provide information on the impact of the illness

·         To explain the father’s role

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Film 2: Baby –it’s all about me”

This film illustrates the value of the father’s role in developing an attachment with his infant. The infant outlines the research which has highlighted the importance of physical and cognitive interactions and the predicted outcomes if this does not occur. The father looks on bemused and translates the taxonomy of consequences, with the reality of what might occur if he does not respond to his son’s mental and physical needs. In an effort to rectify the situation the father attempts to engage with his son, suggesting that he is unable to manage the frivolities of care, but can indulge his son in a game of chess.

The film demonstrates how some men may be ignorant or unaware of the needs of their infant when the mother is suffering from postnatal disorder.


·         To generate discussion on the importance of the father’s role

·         To highlight the needs of the infant

·         To understand the importance of early intervention in postnatal depression

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Film 3: “Is it me doctor or is my wife mad”?

The film examines in more depth the process of postnatal depression and provides some structured approach to the management and possible treatment of the condition. The husband visits the GP complaining his wife is mad – or is it him? During the consultation the GP explains the nature of his condition in depth.

The film highlights the prejudices some men may feel when their wife is  unwell, interpreting her symptoms as their own.


·         To generate discussion on men’s attitudes to postnatal depression when the man has some insight into the condition

·         To provide information on the impact of the illness

·         To explain the father’s role

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The Actors

Boyd Clack

Boyd is a graduate of the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Boyd Clack has worked in every medium, from television roles, to sitcom writing and worked on theatrical one man shows. Boyd has also starred on television in roles he has written. Following the massive domestic success of Satellite City Boyd then went on to write the popular Welsh TV series High Hopes. He grew up in the Rhondda spending a lot of his time writing in Tonyrefail, being inspired by the beautiful surroundings in the Welsh valleys. Boyd is also the Patron of Mental Health Support Organisation New Horizons.

Rhodri Hugh Thomas

Rhodri’s professional life has straddled both science and the arts. He has worked as an actor, writer, university lecturer and researcher. His acting credits include the BBC Wales award-winning sitcom Satellite City written by Boyd Clack. He has appeared in films, TV productions, numerous plays for BBC radio and theatre productions for leading theatre companies in Wales. He left the arts in 2003 to return to university to read for a Masters. He is now working on a number of projects that use drama and comedy to raise awareness of environmental issues and the concept of sustainability.

Kirsten Jones

As the partner of Boyd Clack, Kirsten shares many of his aspirations. Kirsten has worked in several television and theatrical roles. She has jointly written several works for television, including Satellite City and High Hopes. Kirsten is passionate about mental health issues and has supported several charities.

Filmed and edited by Dayve Fresco of the Media Services Units of Swansea University. Original concept, script and direction by Jane Hanley


Dr Jane Hanley is a Lecturer in Primary Care and Mental Health at Swansea University, specialising in perinatal mental health. Jane has published several papers and a book on perinatal mental health and is Secretary and President – Elect of the International Marcé Society.




The Cameraman and Editor Dayve Fresco   is Coordinator of Media Production, for Swansea University. Dayve started making films in 1976, whilst he was in Art School in Swansea, and has been working for Swansea University’s Media Production unit since he left college, producing a diverse range of promotional and educational material.

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