Birth, a play by Karen Brody, is the story of eight mothers’ experiences giving birth. It has been called “The Vagina Monologues for birth,” by Dr. Christiane Northrup, and the play is part of BOLD (Birth on Labor Day), a global arts-based movement aspiring to create childbirth choices for mothers around the world. The play will be performed throughout the month of September, informing the public “how low-risk, educated women are giving birth today”.
BOLD’s mission is:
- Informing and empowering women about their birth options
- Providing a nurturing environment for new activists to learn strategies for social change
- Reaching out to diverse populations and meeting them where they are
- Using the arts to support new & creative ways of educating people about maternity care
- Encouraging the examination of evidence-based data
- Helping individuals and communities express their own personal truths about birth
- Using a multi-sensory, Arts-based approach to telling and hearing information & experiences about birth
- Providing a vehicle for local community action
- Encouraging new activists in local communities
- Bringing conversations about birth to diverse forums
- Communities taking action to foster local change
- Communities taking their message to people and institutions that can affect change
You can purchase a special edition of Birth, or see it live in from Anchorage to Austin. You can also attend a BOLD Red Tent event, where women gather to listen to each others’ birth stories, which are documented (in film, written word or visual expression) for the BOLD Library of Birth Truths. In two years, BOLD has raised over $85,000 for organizations that encourage mother-friendly birth choices.