Women and Meds is a feature 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 who have each taken a different approach to
the issue: one woman who has chosen to wean herself off of anxiety medication
before conceiving, a second woman who is deciding between staying on her bi-polar
medication or adopting instead, and a third woman who experienced life-threatening
depression (un-medicated) during her first pregnancy and is now pregnant with her
second child and already exhibiting symptoms of mental illness again.
The film focuses on the personal stories of these women, and the many facets, both
positive and negative, of making such decisions. It addresses 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.
Dina Fiasconaro has an MFA in film production from Columbia University and a BS in TV, Radio & Film from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Previously, she was post-production coordinator at the Hallmark Channel, and has shot everything from super-8 music videos for indie rock bands to high-definition commercial projects for Panasonic. Her short films and screenplays have been the recipient of multiple grants and have screened at a variety of film festivals nationwide. Dina is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film & Video at Stevenson University near Baltimore, MD.
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