What is Maternal Journal?

 
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Image from Amy’s journal, 2018

Image from Amy’s journal, 2018

Maternal Journal provides a positive outlet for some of the new feelings and challenges we experience, both physically and emotionally in pregnancy and new parenthood.

There are nine journaling guides, each produced by a different artist, introducing you to creative techniques and ways of using a journal. The guides are also designed to generate ideas and conversation around the tradition, history and culture of pregnancy, birth and parenting.

The resources are all free, and we provide step-by-step instructions on how to set up your own Maternal Journal group, as well as guidance on journaling as an individual.

Why wait? Time to get journaling.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use it, the more you have
— Maya Angelou

Watch our short introduction to a Maternal Journal group, produced by artist Martim Ramos.

 

Who we are

Some of our Founding Mothers group and Laura Godfrey-Isaacs

Some of our Founding Mothers group and Laura Godfrey-Isaacs

Maternal Journal is an interdisciplinary Arts in Health project, produced by artist and midwife Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, in collaboration with Debra Bick, Professor of Maternal Health at Warwick University and psychiatrist Carmine Pariante, Professor of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London.

The project is advised by our Founding Mothers group who took part in the very first Maternal Journal workshops.

Read more about our team

 

Arts in health

Image from Pia’s journal, 2017

Image from Pia’s journal, 2017

One in five of us has mental health problems during pregnancy or after birth, and there is increasing evidence and interest in using art and creative strategies to help, like the Arts on Prescription schemes.

Becoming a parent can be a time of significant change, challenge and vulnerability, especially if you have a history of mental health issues. Keeping a journal can help to process some of the new feelings and emotions we experience positively and productively.

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