Join award-winning journalist and local author Jessica Hatcher-Moore, in The Holroyd Community Theatre, for the launch of her acclaimed new book about postnatal health and recovery: AFTER BIRTH: What Nobody Tells You – How to Recover Body and Mind

“An absolute treasure trove on women’s physical and mental postnatal health – information is power and information is exactly what After Birth delivers” – Milli Hill, author of Give Birth like a Feminist and The Positive Birth Book

Old Moretonian Jessica Hatcher-Moore won numerous awards for her reporting in Africa on women in conflict and women’s rights. After moving back to the UK and having a baby, she was shocked to discover a huge and unaddressed need for postnatal healthcare on home turf. When her doctor told her that a leaky bladder was “normal” six months after giving birth, it fired up the reporter in her. She started talking to other women, and discovered a silent epidemic of postnatal problems.

Her book seeks to end that silence, empowering new mums with information about their bodies and minds and encouraging them to seek help for common, but not normal, postnatal health issues like depression, anxiety, incontinence, and pelvic pain.

Join her – online or in person – in conversation with Chantal Davies, Professor of Law, Equality and Diversity at the University of Chester, for the launch of her taboo-busting first book. AFTER BIRTH: What Nobody Tells You – How to Recover Body and Mind is essential reading for all new mums. Jessica wrote the book whilst pregnant with her second child during the 2020 lockdown.

Friday 28 May, 2021

6.30pm arrival

7pm Q&A moderated by Professor Chantal Davies, University of Chester

8-8.30pm close

The event will also stream live on Instagram via Jessica’s feed, @jessicajanehatcher. Born in Shropshire, Jessica studied at Oxford University and lives in Llangollen with her husband and two sons.

Praise for AFTER BIRTH:

“Important on so many levels – every new parent should read it, men included” – Ross J. Barr, Acupuncturist and Women’s Health Expert

“Such a juicy source of reliable information, delivered in a clever and straight forward manner, with that necessary touch of humour… an enormous public health service” – Elizabeth Braga, Women’s Health Physiotherapist

“Prepares you to better understand the postpartum period, to recognise the issues which may arise as familiar and not frightening and feel more supported and informed… Jessica writes with great warmth, sensitivity and humour… a compelling read” – Kate Walsh, Head of Physiotherapy at Liverpool Women’s Hospital

You can contact Jessica at to register to attend.