I cant tell you how excited I am about this project!
I have created a space for Woman to Speak. To say their truth and to say it loud and proud. To have the opportunity to be listened to, have your space held and to tell us the important knowledge and wisdom you hold within.
Powerful and amazing things happen when we provide space, hold our sister’s hands whilst they speak their truth. It doesn’t have to be profound, it doesn’t have to feel like it’s an amazing or important topic – it can just be you, being authentically you, saying something you feel passionate about.
I know you all have such important stuff to say. The reason I know is because I can hear when you are speaking your truth. When I hear what makes you feel alive I am inspired by you. The things that make your eyes light up when you talk, or your eyes well up when you speak is powerful stuff……….
The line up for speakers at the event on 21st June will be available in May.
Line up from our awesome April event:
Claire Taplin – “Teenage Pregnancy, Parenting at 16. My experience of being a young mum”
Claire is wife to Sean, Mum to 3, Home educator to a Neuro diverse child, Marathon runner and fitness instructor wannabe! Professional dog walker with a particular specialist interest in dog behaviour…….she can be found jogging around Cambourne or at: Cambourne Walkies
Tracy Sealey – “Confessions of a pole dancing feminist”
Tracy’s discovered feminism late in life. Whilst studying for her philosophy degree in 2009 she read Simone de Beauvoir’s ‘The Second Sex’. This led her on a journey to gaining a master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Oxford In 2013. In this talk she opens up about some of the things she learnt along the way and explores some of the biggest challenges she faced, as a fan of high heels, lipstick and slut-drops AND the women’s movement!
You can find out more about Tracy and her Doula and birth work here:
Sophie Messager – “From scientist to doula, a journey of personal growth.”
Sophie gained her PhD in France, prior to moving to the UK in 1997 and embarking on a 20 years biology research career in the academic and biotechnology sectors. Whilst pregnant with her first child in 2005 she hired a doula. This led her to have a very positive birth experience, followed by a complete professional reconversion. She left her scientific career behind in 2012 to focus on her new passion, supporting families through the transition to parenthood. Sophie is a birth and postnatal doula, doula mentor, doula course facilitator, antenatal educator, babywearing instructor and healer.
In her talk she will explores what becoming a doula has done for her in terms of personal growth, how it has helped her do away from the idea of fitting into a nice neat box, and helped her on the way to becoming her true self.
Find out more about Sophie on her website Sophie Messager
Ren Stedman – “Am I good enough yet?”
Ren is a doula and a mother to two young children. Once upon a time Ren worked as a neuroscientist and psychology lecturer but everything changed when she had her children. She now hopes to support others living through the often earth-shattering transformation of becoming a parent. You can find out more here:
Nicky Grace – “With Woman”
(Trigger Warning – Baby Loss)
Nicky Grace qualified as a midwife in 2000 and has been an independent midwife since 2006. During that time she has attended hundreds of births, many at home. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham, writing a memoir of her experiences of childbirth, the impact of losing a child, and midwifery.
Most of us are familiar with the idea that the word ‘midwife’ derives from the Anglo-Saxon meaning ‘with woman’ but can that ideal translate to what a midwife does in the UK in the 21st century? Nicky’s talk describes her personal experiences of midwifery and birth, using extracts from her part-written memoir to tell of being a midwife and of being cared for by midwives. Her frank approach touches on the humour, pain and joy of midwifery and childbirth as she explores what it might mean to be with (or fail to be with) woman.
You can find out more about Nicky here:
Ticket Price covers venue hire, refreshments and all profits made will be donated to our Cambridgeshire Doulas Access Fund, supporting Doulas to support some of our vulnerable clients in our local area.