Breastfeeding has profound and long-lasting health advantages, but the risks of poor maternal well-being run just as deep.
To launch City of Breastfeeding, tomorrow evening listeners can hear eight breastfeeding stories of Coventry and Warwickshire mothers.
Voluntary Arts in collaboration with BBC CWR Radio produced creative, oral storytelling workshops for mothers who may or may not have breastfed but who have a story to tell. The workshops were run by Rachel New, a radio producer and writer.
A baby’s brain is constantly making new pathways. 250,000 neurons are formed per minute in a fetal brain throughout pregnancy and that proliferation, migration, differentiation, synaptogenesis continue into the toddler years and pruning of these until puberty. Each baby’s personality, body, brain and trans generational inheritance is of course unique and dependent upon their DNA, yet their experiences and exposure to the world around them throughout pregnancy and in early life also all have an effect on them.
I spoke about my project and the aims of partnering with the CTU for Coventry City of Culture. I showed the animated portraits, as well as a slideshow of stills. it was the first time I had presented the work in a meidcal setting and I found the atmosphere invigorating. It gave me new insight into how clinical trials lead the way to greater understanding of new approaches.
For this event I put together a slideshow, beginning with the story of my own struggles to breastfeed, then the rationale for the Holding Time still images, how these lead to the animation and installation. Finally I talked about the project website, the breastfeeding Hubs, the YouTube Channel interviews.