20 Sep 2022 — 15 Oct 2022

Birthing & Justice Podcast HERE

6-7 October: At The Big Anxiety Forum, see HERE for details and bookings.

At Archives of Feeling, RMIT Design Hub Gallery and RMIT Galleries, see dates HERE.

 

Caring for the carer: On birthing in the pandemic.

This project is an extension of Caring for the caregiver (Nurses’ art exchange project), RMIT Galleries – and of Perinatal Dreaming, a conversation with Gina Maree Bundle, Storm Henry and Marianne Wobcke in The Big Anxiety Forum.

About

Care was a big buzzword during the early part of the pandemic. For pregnant people, disruptions in care became a feature. Whether it was the inability to enjoy the physical and social support of family and friends, or that health care became virtual as services were scaled back or reconfigured. The impact for new parents was an increase in responsibility and stress and anxiety, rather than through a system of collective care.

Childbirth is supposed to be empowering, but for many birthing people it is not. For Indigenous women, immigrant women and women of colour, birthing within the western healthcare system can be anything but affirming. It can feel unsafe. In this raw and challenging talks series, health researcher, clinician and nursing educator Dr Ruth De Souza (RMIT University) hosts conversations about birth, racism and cultural safety with change makers working within the maternal health-care sector to break down the structures built on colonisation. This is a series that aims to transform the structures and systems of birthing in settler societies.

At The Big Anxiety Forum on 6 & 7 October – Perinatal dreaming: On justice, reclamation, and transformation

Join Dr Ruth De Souza in conversation with artist and Program Coordinator of Badjurr-Bulok Wilam at the Royal Women’s Hospital Gina Maree Bundle, midwife Storm Henry and nurse, midwife and artist Marianne Wobcke to reflect on Marianne’s Roadtrip: perinatal dreaming workshop and talk reclamation, healing and transformation in our birthing institutions. 

More conversations to be announced.

Artist Biography

Dr Ruth De Souza

Dr Ruth De Souza is a 2020 RMIT University Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, based in the School of Art. With a background in nursing, Ruth is a highly experienced multidisciplinary educator, researcher and consultant, specialising in cultural safety, racism and birth, and the potential role of digital technologies in health equity. Ruth is the host of the Birthing and Justice podcast. She lives on the Bass Coast of Victoria with her partner and enjoys catching waves, and spending time in the garden.

How to Engage

In this free event, attendees are invited to virtually listen to the podcast series Birthing and Justice hosted by Dr Ruth De Souza (RMIT University), in their own space and time. People who are interested are welcome to join philosopher Dr Helen Ngo, Writers Dr Natalie Kon-Yu and Eleanor Jackson to take part in a conversation about being a caregiver during the pandemic.