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'When my new baby was set on my chest I felt nothing': BBC journalist Claire Graham on her struggle with post-natal depression

Claire Graham's devastating experience of post-natal depression prompted her to make a searingly honest documentary airing on Radio Ulster today. The Northern Ireland journalist talks to Stephanie Bell

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Claire Graham with Lara

Claire Graham with Lara

With husband Will Pidgeon and Lara at three months

With husband Will Pidgeon and Lara at three months

Claire Graham with Lara

Claire Graham with Lara

Claire and her mum Kate with baby Lara

Claire and her mum Kate with baby Lara

Claire Graham with Lara

BBC reporter Claire Graham beams with joy as she hugs her little girl and wonders how she could ever have had no feelings for her.

But after giving birth to Lara two-and-a-half years ago, Claire was overwhelmed with emotional pain because she could not feel love for her much-longed-for baby.

A confident, outgoing, social and chatty person, the old Claire seemed to have disappeared during childbirth as post-natal anxiety and depression hit the then 27-year-old with devastating impact.