Birth Cafe

Authors(s), Creator(s) and Contributors: Eleanor Shaw & Tracy Evans, People Speak Up

Publication Date: 15/05/2019

Categories: Evaluation / Reports

Supporter(s)/Funder(s): Ffwrnes Theatre, Hywel Dda UHB, Carmarthenshire County Council, Llanelli Town Council

People Speak Up Pilot project, Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli


Birth Cafe was developed as a partnership between People Speak Up and Dr Tracy Evans in 2018/19. It was created in response to a number of identified needs: In 2017 PeopleSpeakUp held a women’s gathering storytelling project with Rachel Taylor-Beales, supported by Fusion Llanelli. Participants expressed the need to come together and share their stories especially when they had experienced trauma or post-natal depression. Dr Tracy Evans completed a PhD in the area of birth storytelling at Aberystwyth University in 2017.* Her research identified a number of studies in which the number of women who suffer from post-natal depression and PTSD after giving birth is alarmingly high, including:

  • A 2017 international study shows that that around a third of women experience trauma whilst giving birth (Reed et al 2017);
  • An earlier study found that almost 20% of women experience some Post Traumatic Stress symptoms after giving birth (Beck 2011).
  • In 2014, the Royal College of Midwifery

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Tags: Birth, Midwifery, storytelling, Movement, speaking, listening

Birth Cafe