New research project: Digitising Reproduction

Digitizing Reproduction: new technologies, intersectionality and the politics of inclusion is a new media project of academics from midwifery, sociology, media studies, science and technology studies, and more. It asks how new digital health practices in reproductive health are impacting outcomes at user and health services levels. The network connects researchers from the¬†University of Leicester, … Read more

New journal article on Fear, Risk, and Caesarean Sections

We are pleased to hear about a new article in Public Health on “Fear, Risk, and the Responsible Choice: Risk Narratives and Lowering the Rate of Caesarean Sections in High-income Countries”. The article was written by Helga Hallgrimsdottir, Leah Shumka, Catherine Althaus, and Cecilia Benoit and can be accessed below. Please share widely and feel … Read more

Risk, Ideology, and ‘Normal Birth’

On Saturday 12 August 2017, The Times published a piece by Chris Smyth on changing attitudes towards terms such as ‘normal birth’ in the UK, which has sparked a chain of letters to the editor, a controversy in the blogosphere, and a range of follow-up articles from publications like The Guardian and the Evening Standard. … Read more

Birth and Midwifery in the Media

Below are links to two comparatively recent articles on birth and midwifery which may be of interest to our network. The first is a reflection on the liminal state of (non-)pregnancy, particularly in its earlier stages. Second, there is a link to an article which juxtaposes ancient and modern approaches to midwifery. This blog post … Read more

Thackray Medical Museum secures Arts Council England NPO Funding

We are thrilled to hear that one of our partners, the Thackray Medical Museum, has been awarded national funding of over ¬£880 000 for 2018-22 by Arts Council England. This is the first time that the museum has secured funding as a National Portfolio Organisation. The Thackray plans to use this grant by creating new … Read more