Background

 

Advances in biomedical technology and the shift towards medical intervention in birth have coincided with a focus on ensuring women have an equal footing with men in the workplace, which, potentially, has reduced their importance as mothers. In this context how free are women to give birth how they want and where they want?

 

Birth Rites was initiated by Helen Knowles, an artist and curator, whose contrasting experiences of hospital caesarean and home birth spurred her to question society’s approach to birth. She has been working alongside Phoebe Mortimer, Head of Public Programmes, to bring Birth Rites to the attention of the general public.

 

Birth Rites is a Not for Profit Company (Number 5805902) based in Manchester in the UK.