Ari and Paul are a couple with a new baby, and even though Ari is supposedly working on her dissertation, much of her time is spent with the endless tasks of child care.

In her first person voice, we hear every thought and feeling she has, apparently, and in the form of a very in-your-face rant. Foul-mouthed and irreverent, she is hard to like. But her tough façade seemingly covers the loneliness and isolation she feels.

Her tendency to go on and on, somewhat obsessively, about her C-section and how the blissful experience she had expected was stolen from her, was very off-putting. She had had many experiences in her younger years that come to the forefront when she is going on and on about her many terrible experiences.

Meeting another young mother, Mina Morris, who was in her ninth month when they first encountered one another, was a somewhat positive experience for her. She starts to open up and reach out, even as she also offers some of her own experiences to the other mother.

After Birth spotlights the dark side of birth and parenting, and it is easy to see that Ari must be suffering from postpartum depression…or she is definitely a “glass half empty” person. And while I did empathize with the emotions, the way she chose to wallow in them made her a character I wanted to get away from…and quickly. 3 stars.