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'dis ɔhord' : one woman’s experience of confronting and understanding the lived experience of birth.

Kay, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-7259-5416 & Calonder, C. (2019). 'dis ɔhord' : one woman’s experience of confronting and understanding the lived experience of birth.. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 29(1), pp. 90-94.


This paper is a collaborative piece written by a midwifery academic and an artist. It presents and interprets a number of mixed media art works created by Caroline Calonder in response to the traumatic birth of her son, and utilises findings derived from Lesley Kay’s doctoral study about birth and birth stories as a means of contextualising, understanding and interpreting the work (Kay et al 2017). In sharing elements of Caroline’s experience, the psychological harm it caused her, and the means she used (and continues to use) to understand, and come to terms with the experience, the paper highlights some of the distressing and harmful sequelae which can arise when a woman’s disembodied experience of birth is accepted as normal and mainstream. Furthermore, it emphasises the need for health care professionals to actively work towards safeguarding women’s emotional health, and the value of art as a means of confronting and recovering from birth trauma.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © MIDIRS 2019.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
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