University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire

Images are permanently installed with framing supplied by Healing Arts, UHCW’s Arts Charity

UHCW, Coventry

On permanent display at UHCW are seven mother portraits form the Holding Time series taken during the project which ran 2020-2021 to coincide with Coventry City of Culture 2021. These works feature Coventry and Warwickshire mothers who gave birth at the hospital feeding their infants. All of the mothers featured also have been interviewed about their personal breastfeeding experiences and these insights can be found via links to the project Youtube channel.

An interview with Professor Debra Bick, head of Warwick University’s Maternity Themed Clinical Trials Unit reminds us of the need for policy change in the area of breastfeeding across the UK.

Professor Debra Bick interviewed by Lisa Creagh, 2020

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The Ecology of Care

Open Eye Gallery Launch, September 2022 Against the backdrop of ships on the river Mersey blowing their whistles in unison, the group exhibition The Ecology of Care opened at Open Eye Gallery last week. It was surreal and perhaps appropriate, that the mother of the nation, our female icon and titular head, should be honoured … More

Measuring Impact

Researchers at Wolverhampton University are gathering data on Holding Time’s impact on the community online and offline through surveys about breastfeeding attitudes

In this BLOG post Dr Lisa J. Orchard, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton, introduces their innovative study, designed to measure the impact of the Holding Time Project on viewers. Please add your data to the survey!

Dr Vicky Fallon: Words and Power

Breastfeeding has profound and long-lasting health advantages, but the risks of poor maternal well-being run just as deep. The “breast is best” message has, in many cases, done more harm than good for both breastfeeding and formula feeding women. Words carry a lot of power and we need to be very careful of their use in future breastfeeding promotion campaigns.

For many, the current WHO recommendation of six months of exclusive breastfeeding is simply not realistic and can discourage mothers from even initiating breastfeeding. Instead we should follow a woman-centred approach where mothers are empowered to set their own realistic targets.

Hear Us Roar! Open Eye Launch

With an audience of NHS staff, the social prescribing Team from WHAM, members of the local CCG and local breastfeeding mentors, the performances by mothers were entertaining, moving and full of meaning.


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