AIMS Fundraiser Saturday 26th March

Trial of Labor film screening fundraiser for AIMS on Saturday 26th 7-9 at NativityHub in Leeds.

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Tickets £10 but even if you can’t attend please make a donation of any size via the link below.

AIMS is the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services and amongst other things has produced a range of great booklets giving women and families information to help them make decisions and exercise their rights during pregnancy and childbirth. Unfortunately their website is AWFUL and this fundraiser is to help them get that sorted!!

Bookings via the link below. This is the only chargeable event, but even if you can’t come a donation via the link greatly appreciated. Tea etc free of charge.

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Herbal Maternal Evening Wednesday 23rd March

Herbal Maternal on Wednesday 23rd March 6-8pm at NativityHub. Please email claireharbottle@gmail.com to book a free place.

Join local Medical Herbalist Heather Ware for a look at the use of herbs as a vehicle for self care, nourishment and healing if needed, during pregnancy and in the post natal period.

The session will include the opportunity to sample and explore some herbal teas and other preparations. All welcome!

 

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Postnatal Belly Casting Sunday 20th March

Free postnatal (or pregnancy if you are and couldn’t make it to the last session) belly casting at NativityHub on Sunday 20th March. Bookable slots between 10 and 4pm. Please email claireharbottle@gmail.com with Postnatal belly casting in the subject line and indicate am or pm preference. You will ideally have a female helper (sorry no men). Suitable for ANY length of postnatal time! All materials supplied.

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Fertility Doll Carving with Kerri Butterworth on Monday 14th March 6-8pm

Fertility dolls were a part of ancient civilisations across the globe and are still widely used today, often bought into households or carried by the bearer to bring luck and fertility. They stem from fertility goddess figurines, she who has been known by many names Damara, Freyr, Aphrodite, Bhumi, Isis and Dilga to name just a few, these are all incarnations of the same life-force which celebrates and worships the mystery of creation.

Come and carve your own personal figurine using plaster and discuss what fertility means to you. All participants will start with the same cast bottle with a hole in and carve your own interpretation. Everyone welcome no experience needed.

Free workshop, all materials and hot drinks provided. Please email claireharbottle@gmail.com with ‘Fertility Doll Carving’ in the subject line to book a place.

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Rachel Dean film screening and artist’s talk Saturday 12th March 7-9pm

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Bookings now being taken for film screening and artist’s talk by Rachel Dean on 12th March 7-9pm.

Rachel is a dance artist living in Chapeltown, Leeds and mother to a 20 month old daughter. Throughout her pregnancy she continued her dance practice, adapting it as her body changed. Since her daughter’s birth a long-term project has begun investigating how Rachel’s dance practice can continue with her daughter and be led by their interactions.

The evening will consist of the screening of two short films followed by a talk and discussion with Rachel.

‘Nativity’ is a full body collision with the enduring power of the myth and magic of the Virgin Mary. It was filmed at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance by Lucy Barker.

‘Whilst I Am Waiting’ is an improvised piece made a couple of weeks before Rachel gave birth.

Refreshments will be provided. To reserve a place please email claireharbottle@gmail.com with ‘Dance Film Screening’ in the subject line. xx

 

Kate Evans artist’s talk Sunday 6th March 3-5pm

Now fully booked, sorry.

Join Kate Evans, artist, illustrator and author of the Bump and The Food of Love for an afternoon of informal chat and an insight into the creative force behind the books.

 

 

 

Thoroughly researched, honest, earthy and downright funny these two books explore the birthing and breastfeeding journey in ways many women hugely identify with. Everyone has a favourite page, a favourite drawing or expression, something that chimes, and they’re packed full of evidence based information. But it’s not all birthy stuff…

Kate has recently visited the Calais camps (her work can be seen here) and has a new book out ‘Red Rosa’,  a graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg. She might talk about these too!

Free event, to book please email claireharbottle@gmail.com with ‘Kate Evans’ in the subject line. What a fab way to spend Mothers’ Day!! 

 

Shamelessly stolen reviews for Bump:

A book for ME – page after page of well thought out information paired with wit, a great sense of humour, and perfect little doses of feminism dropped in.

This book is for all women, for women before considering pregnancy, for women that are newly pregnant, for women that are interested in pregnancy and birth. I would probably suggest the age range from 15 onwards? Possibly sooner, the focus on pregnancy might not be on the radar, but the invaluable beginning of the book – from fertility tracking to simple, clear, and hilarious information of how reproduction works. An empowering tool for young women and their male partners to have.

It is honest, hilarious, down to earth, practical and a fount of knowledge. It managed to make me laugh out loud and cry. I have just devoured it in a few hours. Literally could not put it down. It would be great for anyone pregnant or planning a baby, anyone vaguely interested in birth.

This book is easily the best I have read in the pregnancy/childbirth arena. It is packed full of well-researched, clear and balanced information – and that information extends well beyond the usual list of scientific facts you get in most pregnancy books: this one covers many other relevant areas that may affect women on the path to motherhood, talking sensitively about baby loss, emotional landscapes, judgments, body image and so on as well as celebrating the utter throbbing joys and wonders of the journey. The clarity of language and image throughout the book, and thoughtful detailed exploration of every stage really helped me take in the information on many levels.

‘Bump’ is inclusive in a grounded and wonderful way – this book talks about all kinds of families and ways of making babies, also including those who don’t or can’t make babies. It is utterly empowering and supports women to make their own informed choices right from the start, the emphasis being on *their* choice, not some supposed expectation or decision made out of fear.

Drawing From Birth with Helen Sargeant

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Bookings now being taken for the Drawing from Birth workshop with artist Helen Sargeant on Saturday 27th February 10.30-5pm. Helen will facilitate a creative exploration of your maternity journey, wherever you are on it and no matter how skilled or inexperienced an artist you are.

The focus of this workshop will be visualising birth by drawing on the participants individual and collective memories and experience of birthing. The workshop will also utilise examples from the representation of birth in art history, culture and contemporary art. Sharing of experience is to be encouraged by using the process of art making and its outcomes as a catalyst for discussion.

Helen is a visual artist who makes work about all things pregnancy, birth and maternal related. She is interested in lived experience as subject for art making and is fascinated with how art can help others to find new meaning, empathy and connection. You can find out more about her and her practice through the website www.helensargeant.co.uk

To reserve a FREE place please email claireharbottle@gmail.com with Drawing from Birth in the subject line. All materials and light refreshments included. Please bring lunch or something to share.