Two Opportunities for Birth-Related Participation

By Rachel Walden — February 16, 2010

First, Dr. Mark Sloan, author of Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History, and the Wonder of Childbirth, is chatting with readers online through February 21st via the LibraryThing website.

If you don’t have a LibraryThing account (they’re free), you’ll need to sign up first if you want to post questions or comments (you can browse the discussion without signing up). After logging in, scroll down the right side to “Author Chats” and select the chat with Mark Sloan. You’ll be able to post questions and comments, which Sloan is responding to – the author indicates that “all questions, comments, birth stories, new parent experiences, and hard-earned pearls of grandparental wisdom are welcome.”

I haven’t had a chance to read “Birth Day” yet – any readers have comments/reviews to share?

Second, the Baltimore chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) is seeking submissions for an art exhibit titled “Cesarean Voices,” which will be “the first of its kind in the country and will be an exploration of the issues surrounding cesarean birth.” Deadline for submissions is April 7, 2010, and artists should contact tiffanyaverill at hotmail dot com if they are interested in submitting artwork or have any questions. From the call for submissions:

We are accepting submissions for artwork to be shown in an ongoing installation to include original paintings, drawings, computer generated art, belly casts, poetry, and tapestries. Artwork must translate to the public the experience of having a cesarean either through your own or someone else’s eyes. In addition to cesarean art, the exhibit will feature an area called the “Birth Empowerment Zone” with artwork illustrating Ten Steps of the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative and Lamaze’s Six Care Practices that support having a natural and healthy birth. The six guidelines can be found at

The complete call for entries is available for download [.doc file].

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