Breaking the Cycle

Jaydyne’s partner started beating her up 4 days after her baby boy Jaiden was born. In the midst of verbal and physical abuse, she suffered a serious postnatal breakdown.

The film tells the story of how the abuse infected her relationship with her baby – removing from her the ability to bond with Jaiden. Through finding help, she managed to extricate herself from the abusive relationship, but not without delving into deep and difficult issues from her past.

Mixing animation, in-depth interview and the unique perspective of her therapist, Amanda Jones, it shows how a mother and baby relationship can severely break down, but – with the right help – be rebuilt for long and lasting stability. Amanda filmed their sessions and uses the archive to show the change in how Jaydyne was able to interact with Jaiden.

BREAKING THE CYCLE is film 4 in the series BREAKDOWN OR BREAKTHROUGH.