BIRTH is a unique project that brings together the worlds of art and science to explore the issue of global health inequality. In this blog you can find out more about how the project was created and how it is being used by communities across the world. We would like to thank all of the healthcare professionals, academics, artists, experts, mothers, fathers, organisations and individuals that have given their time and insight to help create and continue to support the project.

September 6, 2017

The midwife was my mental guide to the journey

Where did you give birth or where was the birth you witnessed? Manchester Can you describe where your/the birth was? I was in a hospital room. I had to move when in advanced labour to another room and fluid spread. Who was present at your/the birth? Me, my sister, the twins dad, and many others […]

December 15, 2016

The 7 Manchester Mothers project

7 young female artists from the Royal Exchange tell the stories of 7 Manchester women who have become mothers in the most varied situations, from prison to a private birth centre. Facilitated by B!RTH Participation Director Natalie Diddams.

October 21, 2016

Writer interview: Marcia Zanelatto

B!RTH’s Creative Director, Emma Callander speaks to Brazillian writer Marcia Zanelatto. How did you begin to write plays? In my hometown, there was almost no theatre. The first time I saw a play, I was about 14 or 15, but I started writing poetry at 11. In my house, I had no books but my […]

October 21, 2016

Marcia Zanelatto: researching ‘The Birth Machine’

On 11th May 2016, I crossed the city of Rio de Janeiro in an Uber towards one of the units of the vast Fiocruz complex, located in one of the access roads to the city – Avenida Brazil – to meet with Maria do Carmo Leal. With a medical degree and PhD in Public Health […]

October 21, 2016

Marcia Zanelatto: Zika virus and microcephaly

Brazillian writer Marcia Zanelatto recently spoke to Professor Debora Diniz of the University of Brazil about Zika virus and microcephaly. MZ – Firstly, I would like to know if you really think microcephaly to be solely caused by the Zika virus or if you’ve considered the possibility of the link between microcephaly and the use of pesticides or other […]

October 21, 2016

Kirsten Greenidge: Feeding the play

Who has choice? Who does not? What can surprise us about the ways choice lies in front, behind, or beside us? The history of birth in the United States, particularly in the last one hundred years, is dense and fascinating. Most importantly, it is not monolithic. So I am acutely aware that the history is […]

October 18, 2016

Birth in Migration – Médecins Sans Frontières midwife Jonquil Nicholl

Médecins Sans Frontières midwife Jonquil Nicholl shares her story of supporting pregnant refugee women from a boat off the coast of Libya. Presented by Birth Creative Director Emma

October 17, 2016

Vaginal birth after caesarean

Lisa McGarrity reflects on her experiences of achieving a Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC) with the support of pioneering healthcare providers in Northern Ireland. I knew that I would have a fight on my hands to get the birth I wanted. It is deemed necessary for me to have a Caesarean emergency section in 2007 […]

October 17, 2016

On the Labour of Activist Birth Work

As a birth worker, or “doula” I provide non-medical support to birth givers and their families through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. My work is by nature highly personal yet also undoubtedly and sometimes violently political. The way I see it, the nature of progressive politics within any society can be measured by how that society […]

October 17, 2016

Hannah McCauley: Over medicalisation of childbirth

There are two upcoming plays at the B!RTH festival that highlight issues surrounding over medicalisation of childbirth and women’s experiences of home births versus hospital birth. Recently I attended two Positive Birth Conferences. One was in London and the other in Dublin. As a midwife who manages a free-standing midwifery led unit in the North of […]