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Journal Article (Refereed)
January 2014

The art of midwifery: Can creative images of birth enhance holistic care?

Uppal, E & Davies, S E & Knowles, H & Kandell, S 2014, 'The art of midwifery: Can creative images of birth enhance holistic care?', Nurse education in practice, 14(3), pp.311-318.


 Art related to birth stimulates debate, particularly if it is perceived to be taboo and challenging popular images of mother and child. Birth traditionally has been in a woman's sphere of experience, thus it has been left unexplored on a wider level. The Birth Rites Collection was originally developed to enable partnerships with artists and childbirth professionals. The other important reason for the Birth Rites project was to begin to make contemporary cutting edge art around childbirth because there has been a real lack of work which explores this subject. Student midwives have been able to engage with these and other artworks related to childbirth and now produce their own original art which is attracting acclaim. The Art of Midwifery student midwife project aims to promote more aesthetic and creative ways of learning to enhance midwifery students' self-awareness and thus promote holistic, woman-centred and sensitive care. Students have visited art exhibitions to interact with artworks related to curriculum themes and explore models and philosophies of birth. This paper reports some of their activities, summarises their responses and evaluates the collaboration.


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External Authors

Stevie Kandell

Helen Knowles

Publication Details

Journal Name
Nurse education in practice