The first ever of its kind art exhibit in the US focusing on exploring and acknowledging some of the issues and emotions that surround cesarean birth will be opening on Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 pm in Catonsville and will run through May 1. Barbara Stratton, President of the Baltimore Chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and Bobbie Humphrey, Coordinator of this event have been working tirelessly, along with Elena Baker, Grantwriter and Tiffany Averill, Curator. The project was made possible by a grant received from Lamaze International.
One goal of this project is to educate the public on some of the complicated emotions that can result from either a planned or unplanned cesarean birth. It has been well documented that a woman’s perceived birth experience contributes to her role as mother and can have a profound impact on later issues with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and postpartum depression. The exhibit offers a venue to display and learn from others experiences and the opportunity for discussion regarding some possible emotional outcomes.
Not all women who experience a cesarean birth feel that it was traumatic and art that represents the positive side of cesarean birth will also be represented. In addition, there will be an area entitled, “The Birth Empowerment Zone”, with artwork illustrating the Ten Steps of the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative as set forth by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) and the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices which reflect Lamaze Internationals dedication to empowering women with evidence based information.
Opening night for the exhibit is Thursday, April 29 from 7:00 – 9:30 pm at Christian Temple Church, 5820 Edmondson Avenue. The exhibit will remain at this location through Friday, May 1 and then will be available for travel around the country. Contact Barbara Stratton at email@example.com for more information.