Whilst some of us may birth, all of us are born. Birth Café provides a safe, non-judgmental space in which anyone and everyone is welcome to come and talk about their relationship to, and concept of birth, in order to build understanding and respect for its psychosocial, cultural and bodily significance for us all. As Birth increasingly takes centre stage, through popular TV programmes, celebrity pregnancies and NHS maternity scandals, what should be a momentous event can seem reduced to a procedure or ‘event’ devoid of its wider significance.
Birth Café is based on the Death Café model, and is a welcoming, inclusive and diverse space. Birth Café is convened by Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, birth activist, midwife, and artist.
About Arrivals + Departures
Birth Café is just one in a series of free events around Arrivals + Departures, which includes talks and workshops that invite people to engage more deeply with the themes of life and death. Arrivals + Departures is a public artwork about birth, death and the journey in between. The public are invited to share the names of those who have arrived and departed, on live boards, as a way to acknowledge, celebrate and commemorate.
Names can be submitted in real time at the Arrivals + Departure boards, and also online at www.arrivalsanddepartures.net.
This is a free, online event. Register in advance to receive information on how to join in.
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Co-commissioned and produced by Artsadmin with support from Create To Connect > Create to Impact through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
Supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Freedom Festival Arts Trust and Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
Publicly funded through Arts Council England.
Images © Tom McClaughlan