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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.
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.
The play is also informed by conversations with childbirth professionals and birthworkers. By collecting the stories of women who have assisted labouring people or work in defending their rights during the COVID-19 pandemic, Childbirth-19 will reflect their experiences and amplify their voices.
The play is written and directed by the Spanish playwright Beatriz Cabur, performed by Emma Bakare, and commissioned by Procreate Project, using public funding from Arts Council England, and supported by Birthrights.
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