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Bed-In at the Bluecoat: Motherhood and Peace

Looking back on it this was one of the Bed-In’s which made me nervous, it has nothing to do with the content or the message of the Bed-In. It has more to do  the fact that two of members of the New Life Collective are heavily pregnant and very close to their dues dates, well I had to wonder about the possibility of the first baby to be born in The Bluecoat.

Putting this concern aside, the pillars and radiators of the Hub are soon adorned with the sculptures of Kaety Moore and the Bed-In begins properly.  The New Life Collective had decided to divide their time in the Bed-In into three sections which would reflect the process of motherhood.

We began naturally with creation and the first in the bed is Lisa Wrigley who delivers an impassioned performance based on collected creation myths, the member into the bed is Abi Horsefield who invites the people in the Hub to write pledges for the future of her unborn child in what can be consider a gestation period. Then onto birth which is placed in the hands of Selina Nylander who as a Doula had guided many mothers through there births, Selina starts a discussion about the nature of childbirth which is open and frank and allows mothers and mothers to by alike to share the worries and pleasures of child birth.

Finally they are joined by Jenni Jones along with many mothers and their children for a session of Yoga, it must have been a fantastic sight to see everyone stretching and breathing across the floor of the Bluecoat while young children run I am sure that image will stay in many people’s minds!


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