Oct 1, 2020

This work has been commissioned by Procreate Project

with public funding from Arts Council England

written and directed by Beatriz Cabur

with Emma Bakare

A Brand New Digital Theatre Play

Childbirth-19 is a new digital theatre play specifically written to be performed online. The play depicts childbirth in times of Covid-19 and tackles how the experience of pregnancy and labour is shaped by systemic trauma, as due to coronavirus, childbirth interventions and mistreatments have increased, disregarding women’s needs and rights.

Based on Real Life Experiences

Major traumas and long lasting damages have been inflicted in the name of minor risk prevention, leaving women without birth partners, not allowing home births, having midwifery led units, ultimately not giving choices to women on where and how to give birth and separating babies from their parents right after birth.

Developed with birthworkers

The play is also informed by conversations with childbirth professionals and birthworkers. By collecting the stories of women who have assisted women in labour or work in defending their rights during the COVID-19 pandemic, Childbirth-19 will also reflect their experiences and amplify their voices.

Proudly Supported by Birthrights.

Birthrights is the UK’s only organisation dedicated to improving women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights. We believe that all women are entitled to respectful maternity care that protects their fundamental rights to dignity, autonomy, privacy and autonomy.
You can find information about your rights in pregnancy and childbirth in our factsheets and in our Coronavirus FAQ. You can find template letters to challenge visiting restrictions on our website.
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