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Birth Shock! Mini-Film Festival

1:00pm - 5:00pm Birth Shock! Mini-Film Festival, FREE event, £5 refundable deposit required (refund conditional on attendance)

5:00pm – 8:00pm Birth Shock! Symposium, Tickets: £3 BOOK HERE

Childbirth is life-changing. This event explores childbirth through a series of life-affirming but honest film screenings and short-talks.

These films are aimed at the general public and those involved in maternity care.

In The Birth Project, led by Professor Susan Hogan, obstetricians, midwives, doulas, birth-partners and new mothers were given the opportunity to explore their experiences of joy, compassion fatigue, stress, birth suffering and post-natal readjustments using the arts: phototherapy, photo-diaries and art elicitation in groups, which then joined together in ‘mutual recovery’ events in which perspectives were shared, primarily through elucidation of the art works produced.

Births can be traumatising for all involved. Obstetricians and midwives are subject to very different stresses to the women they serve. Yet all those witnessing the birth (and death) of babies may also be traumatised - both professionals and birth-partners.

Hospital protocols, coupled with the unpredictability of birthing itself, can override what women want and expect in terms of a birth experience, leaving some women frankly in shock, which then can have a knock-on effect on infant development. The arts were used to interrogate this complex topic.

We are engaging with academics and clinical leads to trial using these films in medical training and professional development settings for those involved in birth, including:

Health visitors
Clinical psychologists
Hypnobirthing coaches and others

Please contact our project researcher Rebecca Ashley to discuss your training or CPD requirements:

Click here to download a full itinerary of the day.