Emmerdale boss reveals postnatal depression storyline for Tracy Metcalfe

Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks has revealed that the soap will explore the effects of postnatal depression with Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh).

Tracy has struggled to cope in the wake of giving birth to daughter Frankie.

The popular character has found it difficult to adapt to life as a new mum, and she’s been unable to sleep, and worries that something terrible is going to happen to her child.

Everybody loves Tracy,’ Emmerdale’s Kate Brooks told Metro.co.uk. ‘She’s Funny, feisty and full of life, but over the past few weeks she’s struggling to adapt to life as new mum.

‘It’s a heartbreaking but very real story about postnatal depression, and how it can affect people with no prior warning. 

‘Even those who have it all – an adoring partner and a textbook baby. The truth about how it impacts on people’s lives.

‘We worked extensively with numerous charities – most notably the APNI charity – to tell a very raw and very honest story about how postnatal depression affects Tracy and her family around her. 

‘It’s a really sad statistic, but up to 1 in every 10 women will develop postnatal depression in the first 12 months of having a baby.

‘This is a very important, and all-too-relatable story to tell. This story will be hard to watch at times, but ultimately, it’s a story about love and hope, and we do hope that it will offer comfort to those going through a very similar experience.

‘A really important story to tell for Emmerdale, and one we’ve taken care with to ensure we’re hitting the correct tone as the story develops.’

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