Artists, musicians, writers, performers, and dancers take on pregnancy, birth, postpartum depression, PTSD, and motherhood


Visual Art

Lise Haller Baggeson-reframing the language of the mother-artist

Seeley Cardone- miscarriage and being an artist/mother

Christa Donner-fertility

Aimee Gilmore- changing the narrative about motherhood

Michelle Hartney-maternal mortality, obstetric abuse, postpartum PTSD

Katrina Majkut-pregnancy



Music

Angela James- postpartum depression

Becky Levi- time

Amalea Tshilds- fertility

She Speaks In Tongues-carrying the mental load

Amalea Tschilds

Amalea Tschilds

Becky Levi

Becky Levi

She Speaks in Tongues

She Speaks in Tongues

Angela James

Angela James


Dance


Mary Sue Reese

Mother May I…

A short movement vignette that explores the exhaustive and seemingly defiant measures that, as a stay at home mother, I have recently adopted to demand my whole self be respected and realized beyond the role of caregiver. 


Performance

Kimberly Said No

Michelle Hartney

In 2013, Kimberly Turbin was the victim of a brutal and unnecessary episiotomy that her doctor forced on her during the birth of her son.  She told Dr. Alex Abassi and her nurse that she had twice been the victim of rape, and to be gentle with her and to keep her informed of exactly what they were doing at all times.  Even though neither Kimberly nor her baby were under any medical distress, Dr. Abassi cut her vagina twelve times despite Kimberly’s begging and pleading with him not to. The entire ordeal was caught on video by a family member. 

Kimberly’s complaints to the hospital and her doctor were ignored.  With the help of the non-profit Improving Birth, Kimberly sought legal counsel, and her doctor was charged with assault and batteryMark Merin, a prominent lawyer who has been involved with many high-profile civil rights cases is representing Kimberly.  A ruling in Kimberly’s favor would set historic precedence in the United States, given legal protection for women during childbirth is uncertain.

Four actors will read the transcript of the video aloud word for word.  After the first read through, the female actress will read the role of the male doctor, and the male actor will read the role of Kimberly.


Readings

How We Do Both: Art and Motherhood edited by Michi Jigarjian, Qiana Mestrich  (balancing motherhood and being an artist)

BABY LOVE-How My Infant Son Became The Other Man by Christen Clifford (post-partum sexuality)

MOTHERNISM- Lise Haller Baggeson