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I have been invited to OXYTOCIN!!!

I am super excited to share with you that I have been invited to run a #maternaljournal workshop in this amazing week long festival.

Oxytocin Collective Care is a week long festival happenings between Middlesex University and The Science Gallery London King’s College. on Saturday, 13th May 2023

‘Oxytocin is an interdisciplinary live event about mothers and carers that uniquely combines a bold programme of performances and live art along with discussion panels and workshops. It creates a platform for critical art practices, intersectional feminist theories, and maternity service, as well as showcasing the work of artists whose practices and personal experiences are often under-represented.’

PROGRAMME – Saturday13th May – Middlesex University

9:30AM – Doors Open

10:30AM – 12PM – Panel 1 – ‘Decolonising maternity care’ – with BSL interpreters


  1. Amali Lokugamage – Amali is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, author of The Heart of the Womb, and an honorary associate professor, Institute of Women’s Health, UCL. She has been a long-standing advocate in respectful maternity care, human rights in healthcare, equality/diversity and decolonisation with particular interest in power imbalances.

  2. Anna Horn (chair) – Anna is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research at City, University of London. Her special interests include: Black feminist theory, reproduction, motherhood, cultural safety and decolonisation. She is also a trained doula and breastfeeding counsellor.

  3. Chaneen Saliee – Chaneen is a Black Mumfluencer, artist and poet.

  4. Krishna Istha – Krishna is a screenwriter, comedian, performance artist and theatre maker, currently working on a new performance piece M/Otherhood, exploring the process of becoming pregnant as a trans artist of colour.

  5. Lola Ornato – Lola is a midwifery lecturer at Middlesex University who will speak on ‘embracing your heritage as a means of decolonising midwifery’.

12 – 2.30PM – Lunch Break [please note this is not provided, if you need any information regarding facilities in and near the campus get in touch via email]

12 – 1.30PM – Maternal Journal workshop facilitated by Pia Jaime

Maternal Journal is an award-winning global community movement that uses creative journaling to boost wellbeing in pregnancy, birth and parenthood. Free journaling resources and guided exercises introduce different creative styles and techniques to help you get started.

Join a taster workshop with artist Pia Jaime – no experience needed, materials will be provided.

12 – 2.30PM – The programme of performances will be staged around the Middlesex University Campus. A printed programme will be available on the day, with times, durations and a map.

Performing artists:

  1. ALERO

  2. Rubiane Maia

  3. Laima Leyton

  4. Vanio Papadelli

2.30 – 4PM – Panel 2 – ‘Exploring the experiences of deaf and disabled people in maternity care’ with BSL interpreters


  1. Meghan Luton – Meghan is a Middlesex university midwifery lecturer researching deaf women’s experiences of maternity care .

  2. Natalie Whyte – Natalie is part of the Mum-PreDiCT project (exploring the experiences of pregnant people with 2 or more long term health conditions),user voice representative for the Midlands for maternity services, maternal medicine engagement lead for the West Midlands.

  3. Sahera Khan – Sahera is a Deaf, Muslim, BSL user and a freelance writer/creator, artist/actor, filmmaker and YouTuber. She is a Trustee of Deaf Ethnic Women’s Association (DEWA).

  4. Dr Hannah Barham-Brown (chair) – Hannah is a GP trainee in Yorkshire, Governor of Motability and Deputy Leader of the Women’s Equality Party with the portfolio for ‘Making Change Happen’. Between 2018 and 2022 she was a Council Member of the British Medical Association. Alongside her clinical and political work, she travels the UK giving talks about diversity and disability, in venues from the House of Lords to international publishing companies. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and works to support disabled people in politics, employment, travel, health and education.

  5. Tracey Norton – Tracey is from The Disabled Mothers Rights Campaign which works to bring disabled mothers together to defend their rights to have a family and to keep their children.

  6. Dr Amy Kavanah – Amy is an award winning disability consultant, activist and campaigner. She uses social media to share her lived experience navigating the world as a blind Londoner alongside her Guide Dog Ava. Amy has recently become a mother and believes in the need for greater representation and discussion of disabled parenthood. Amy is committed to celebrating disability, mobility aids and encouraging others to learn about the social model of disability.

* Access information:

– All venue is wheelchair accessible

– BSL interpreters are provided for both panel discussion(Interpreters won’t be available during breaks or performances)

- live captions for the talks are to be confirmed ASAP.

– A family room with resources and activities for children is available and children are welcome at all times.

– Access support companions have a free tickets to all events part of this programme

If you require any other access support please email

Booking is now open. You are very welcome to come to the whole day.

Please disseminate the link to your audiences and supporters.

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