Recipient of the 2021 Letting Space & Urban Dream Brokerage Public Art Commission, funded by Wellington City Council. The inaugural activation of Inhabit (Iteration I) in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington, was open, May 18th through May 29th, 2022. Curated by Anne Noble (Laureate) ONZM MFA
Inhabit Postpartum brought creative making, installation and community centered postpartum care together to make visible the lived experience of m/otherhood and parenting. The exhibitions were open in Wellington (2022) and Auckland (2023), providing free postpartum support to the public, while examining our ever evolving community, cultural and whānau approaches to postpartum care.
Programming and workshops were facilitated by experienced perinatal professionals, including birth and postpartum doulas, lactation consultants, pelvic floor specialists and therapists, as well as artists and makers. The workshops, classes and community offerings were rooted in anti-oppressive, trauma-informed practices, and inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities and body sizes. Inhabit was warm and nurturing, a safe, inclusive space that was accessible and welcoming to all communities – there is one thing that we have in common, we have all been born.
Audiences where invited join us for a cup of tea or a bowl of soup and a chat and be held, seen and supported as we unpacked the intricate web of feelings that bind us together after we give birth and truly Inhabit Postpartum.
The following community members were co-creators, participants and caregivers;
Jo Chambers; Postpartum Doula and IAIM Instructor www.blissfulbubs.co.nz
Little Shadow; Perinatal Mental Heath Support www.littleshadow.org.nz
Anna Driver; Birth Doula, KGHypnobirthing teacher and Traumatic Birth Recovery practitioner www.annasbirthservices.com
Emma Chen Filtcroft; Pre and postnatal yoga instructor www.instagram.com/mamayoga_bmy/
Hilary Gardner; Babywearing consultant www.facebook.com/heldclose/
Hannah Cook; RN, IBCLC and IAIM Instructor www.blissfulbubs.co.nz
Maria Milnile; Lead Facilitator at Little Shadow https://www.mariamilmine.co.nz
Workshops and Programing;
Workshops were scheduled daily from 10:30-12:30pm. Participants were then invited to contribute to the project by engaging in group and individual discussion whilst sharing soup and tea. Everyone was encouraged to add a thought or feeling to the post-it wall as a response to their experience, or as a message to a past, future or current postpartum self, friend or whānau member.
The Beautiful Six Pack Verses Inner Core Functionality
Infant Support Feeding Group
Mental Health Support Group
Birth Story Discussion Group
Yoga and Baby Massage
Self Massage Stretch and Release
Infant Feeding Support