Inspiration

 
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We hope to inspire you with a range of historical and contemporary writing by women* to support you with your own journaling - covering feminism, birth, mental health, creativity and the everyday.

Download the full reading list

 
Image from Pia’s journal, 2017

Image from Pia’s journal, 2017

Blogs

 
 
 

Historical journals

Ida B. Wells, late 19th century

Ida B. Wells, late 19th century

18th century

  • Fanny Burney - Journals and Letters
    A memoire, political and social history, and a letter to a certain ‘Miss Nobody’

19th century

20th century

 

This week I have by Hannah Lamdin

Hannah, one of our Founding Mothers, created this brilliant poem, charting the daily tasks and hidden nature of a mother’s work.

Download Hannah’s poem

 

Modern journals

Cartoon by Henny Beaumont from Hole in the Heart - Bringing up Beth

Cartoon by Henny Beaumont from Hole in the Heart - Bringing up Beth

 

Motherhood and creativity

Image from Amy’s journal, 2018

Image from Amy’s journal, 2018

 

Birth and breastfeeding

Image by Kate Evans from Food of Love

Image by Kate Evans from Food of Love

 
 
 

Organisations

We recommend a number of organisations that support mothers, mother-artists, and families. They can help connect you to an inspiring community of makers and thinkers.

 
Terese in Ecstatic Childbirth  by Hermione Wiltshire 2008 digital print 50 x 65 cm. Birth Rites Collection

Terese in Ecstatic Childbirth by Hermione Wiltshire 2008 digital print 50 x 65 cm. Birth Rites Collection

Mother artists

Mother and baby

  • Birth Rights - help, advice and resources to promote human rights in birth

  • Best Beginnings - resources and information, including the Baby Buddy app.

  • Bliss - a charity for premature and sick babies with information, resources and a helpline.

  • Maternity Action - information and advice about rights at work, maternity leave, breastfeeding with a Free Maternity Rights Action Line.

  • Positive Birth Movement - find a local Positive Birth Group, along with resources and a blog

  • Pregnant then screwed - legal advice, mentoring and live events about rights for mothers.

 
 
 
 

Arts in Health

 
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Creativity and the arts are increasingly being recognised as vital tools that can help address mental health, wellbeing, and social challenges.

Below are a few examples of organisations that explore the creative possibilities of a range of arts activities such as dance, music, writing and visual arts to promote, protect and enhance health and wellbeing.

 
Image from Amy’s journal, 2018

Image from Amy’s journal, 2018

  • Arts and Minds – arts and mental health charity delivering arts on prescription

  • Aesop Marketplace - a comprehensive list of Arts in Health organisations

  • Breathe Arts – a performing arts initiative in healthcare

  • Creative Health - The Arts for Health and Wellbeing Report by The All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (making the case for Arts in Health initiatives)

  • Performing Medicine - building a resilient, caring workforce through arts-based training for health professionals



Maternal mental health support

Some organisations can help to provide support and connection, like the ones listed here.

Cartoon by Kate Evans

Cartoon by Kate Evans

 
 

Setting up a group

Thinking of setting up your own Maternal Journal group?

Find out more

Birth, Art and Culture

Read the latest from our news and blog.

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