Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cesarean Voices Art Exhibit

Last week the Baltimore chapter of ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network), with a grant from Lamaze International, held the nation's first ever cesarean art exhibit, "Cesarean Voices." The purpose of the art show was to explore and acknowledge issues that surround cesarean birth. The artwork was moving and empowering. It was sad and it was beautiful. The artists were both men and women. Women who were grateful for their cesarean sections for saving their babies' lives and women who had healed from traumatic cesareans through VBACs.

I was a behind the scenes volunteer... I called hospitals in Maryland and helped create an OB/GYN and Midwife invitation mailing list. I also took many photographs of the event. Here are a few to give you an idea of what the exhibit was like: 

Marsden Wagner, former WHO Women's and Children's Health Director, interviewed in Business of Being Born, Pregnant in America, Orgasmic Birth - basically a "birth junkie" star sighting!
The piece he is examining was one of my favorites. 

Part 2 of a 3 part piece of artwork drawn and written by a husband about his wife's birth and cesarean experience. 

Barbara Stratton, Baltimore ICAN co-leader (standing)
Ann Israel, CBE and the evening's speaker

An artist and her artwork 

Marsden Wagner examining a piece of artwork and eating a cracker ;]

For a few more photos and another review, visit BirthCut's post, whose artwork was featured at the exhibit. The Feminist Breeder also wrote a post on Cesarean Voices, and her post featured my photograph!


  1. Sounds awesome! So great that you got to be involved. Love the first few.

  2. Great that you helped put this show on. Thank-you!
    I sent in 3 pieces and it's so wonderful to see pictures of the event in action.


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