Policing pregnancy: who should be a mother?

This one-day event, to be held at Canterbury Christ Church University on Thursday 18 May 2017, is a collaboration by British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies (CPCS), Birthrights, and Engaging Sociology at CCCU.

The programme includes speakers from a range of academic disciplines – Sociology, Anthropology, History, Law, Philosophy, and Social Work – and from Third Sector organisations working with pregnant women.

Sessions will explore changing ideas about pregnancy, motherhood, responsibility and risk, and the impact of these ideas on women’s experience and professional services:

  • ‘Ideal pregnancies’ and the new family planning
  • Bad bodies, bad choices? Behavioural advice and the pregnant woman
  • Pregnancy surveillance and the medical profession
  • Breastfeeding, guilt, and ideals of good motherhood

You can find full details of programme and speakers here.

Tickets are £45 for the day and there are free places available for students – book your place here. Contact Jennie Bristow for more information.


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