Listening to the Silence: On Reading Blu’s Hanging During a Pandemic

Reading Lois-Ann Yamanaka's novel Blu’s Hanging during lockdown, Julia Brown considers the significance of silence during a pandemic.

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Incubator imaginaries

For Anne Whitehead, the NICU incubator raises questions of precarity and resilience, and illuminates care as a layered series of interactions involving human and non-human agency.

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Heart Excavations

Artist Sofie Layton works with medical data to give physical form to personal narratives of maternal loss and bereavement. This post describes the process of creating Excavations, a performative work that explores a mother’s grief at having lost a young child to cancer.

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Creating bonds with a baby expected to die at birth

This personal essay by Tamarin Norwood charts the months of late pregnancy following a terminal prenatal diagnosis, when an unexplained congenital condition led to oligohydramnios: the depletion of amniotic fluid necessary for foetal lung development.

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