Maternal images and maternal representations before, during and after birth


This 6th Birthlight Cambridge Womb to World day conference aims to bring together a cross-section of researchers, medical and lay practitioners, artists and mothers for exploring and reflecting on the power of maternal imaginings on the experience of transition to motherhood in an increasingly visual and media-dominated world.

 To which extent do images of birth, traumatic or ecstatic, impact women’s experiences? How do women reconcile their unique self-representations ‘from within’ with images out there? How can practitioners bridge the gap between studies of maternal representations and day-to-day pregnancy, maternity and postnatal care? What constitutes a ‘positive intervention’ in this field?

The day will offer an opportunity to network and share overlaps between yoga relaxation, guided self hypnosis and Buddhist-inspired ‘mindfulness’ in order to best facilitate the ‘birth of a mother’ in a spirit of inclusive care and support. Our day will consist on a morning of presentations by eminent researchers/practitioners, followed by an interactive focus on practical resources in the afternoon allowing plenty of time for discussion. There will also be a small exhibition of artists’ paintings and photographs in the Foyer and also a collection of drawings by local mothers to be, new mothers and children.

  Sat 19 September 2015
Addenbrookes, Cambridge UK

  conference gallery

  73% participants reported that previous birthlight conferences had been ‘highly relevant’ to their learning objectives for the day.

“My profound thanks for the amazingly packed day that was the ‘womb to world conference’! My first one! I found it enlightening, surprising, sometimes shocking, but ultimately inspiring, encouraging and motivating! Grateful that there are so many thoughtful and inspiring people, seeking improvements for birth, babies, parents, families and healthcare professionals! Thank you!”