Holding Time Launch Event

Open Eye Gallery,

Friday November 19th 2021

WHAM the NHS Cheshire and Merseyside’s Women and Children’s Partnership are supporting the Holding Time Project launch at Open Eye Gallery during Babyweek, an annual celebration of innovation in perinatal healthcare organised by WHAM.

Holding Time is both a celebration of breastfeeding and an exploration of the challenges mothers experience in establishing and maintaining breastfeeding. These issues may be physical, mental, environmental or cultural barriers. Working collaboratively with local mothers, the project will celebrate the diversity of breastfeeding in Cheshire and Merseyside whilst overturning stereotypes, challenging assumptions and encouraging greater understanding and awareness in the whole community about the value of breastfeeding and its benefits.

Featured in the launch:

1. An introduction by Catherine McClennan , the Director of WHAM  who will share why WHAM believe art and health collaborations are so important for meaningful and permanent change. 

2. Live readings of Motherspeak writing by Rosalind Brown and Amy Wilde, participants based in Coventry participated in the Holding Time Project in 2021

For previous examples listen here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09g27bg

3. A presentation by Lisa Creagh about the aims of the project in Cheshire and Merseyside

4. Video interviews with local mothers about their personal breastfeeding experiences. For examples see http://www.youtube.com/c/holdingtime

This project is part of an NHS led conversation about the value of creative health interventions for women and children as a driver of health, wellbeing and resilience.

Drinks and light refreshments will be available, all parents and children welcome!

The launch is part of Baby Week, an annual event bringing together cross-sector organisations, families and caregivers to promote women’s health and the importance of giving babies the best possible start in life.

Babyweek Cheshire and Merseyside

  • Monday 15th November

    Women’s Health and Maternity (WHAM) Launch 10.00-11.30am

    The Birth Rites virtual tour led by BRC curator and founder, Helen Knowles, 11.00am-12.30pm

    A celebration of Maternity Support Workers 1.00pm- 2.30pm

  • Tuesday 16th November

    Maternity Action specialist advice session 10.30am-12.00 noon

    Ready Steady Flow: Can reading and writing really save your life? 12.00 noon- 2.00pm

  • Wednesday 17th November

    The price is our rights? 10.30am-12.00 noon

    Systems in Crisis? 2.00-3.30pm

    The Lullaby Project: Magic Happens 4.00 – 5.30pm

  • Thursday 18th November

    Why Women Drink 10.00-11.30am

    ‘Birth Times’ and ‘Inutero’: Documentary Screenings

  • Friday 19th November

    Everyday Sexism- in the NHS

    Smoking in Pregnancy webinar 10-11.30am

    The Holding Time Launch 2-5pm

Supported by Improving Me – Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s and Children’s Partnership
In Partnership with Creative Lives