An honest and hope-filled chat with author Laura Canty about her postnatal depression and how the NHS saved her and her family

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A book about hope.

“My story is similar to that of millions. I’m not a celebrity; I am an ordinary new mum in an ordinary life. My husband and I both work five days a week, we discuss what we’re going to have for dinner most days and we eat out or have a takeaway probably once or twice a week. I sensibly married a builder so we live in our renovated, mid-30s, semi-detached house in a quiet street, and our bin day is Thursday.”

Laura Canty is a part time business consultant, part time mum, and now part time author. Her first book, Something to Live For is a memoir recounting her thoughts, feelings and all of the emotions between bringing her son home from hospital, to being discharged from a Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) months later.

Laura lives in Cheltenham with her husband, son and their springer spaniel Alma. After having spent three months her nine month maternity leave in hospital, and being off work for a total of 14 months with postnatal depression she says that she now has “a new perspective on the world, new skills and an ever deeper love for the NHS.”

She will be joining us to discuss her book, Something to Live For, and her personal experiences with postnatal depression and the care she received. Laura says that her “hope is that [the book] helps many who find themselves in similar situations feel not so alone. And if one person receives the help they need to feel themselves again after reading this book, that would make me so incredibly happy.”

So join us for an honest and hope-filled Tuesday morning chat about postnatal depression over coffee and cake. Everyone is welcome, so bring a friend, your partner or your mum and learn more about Laura’s “painfully honest and utterly joyful story” 

As always little ones are invited and there will be plenty to keep them entertained while you relax, listen and discuss.



Leckhampton Village Hall


Tuesday 19th October