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"Intimate, compelling listening" Miranda Sawyer, The Observer

"Pick of the day" Phil Daoust, The Guardian

"Incredibly well done" Tina Cassidy, author of Birth: A History


Speaking of Birth is an oral history of personal experiences of childbirth told by first-time mothers in Brighton and Hove.

Realised as a one-hour radio programme, first broadcast on Resonance 104.4fm and also produced as a 60-minute audio CD, Speaking of Birth documents the mothers' stories and provides a vivid snapshot of the realities of childbirth today. It is relevant to any person whose life has been - or is about to be - touched by birth, and presents a moving and candid overview of the defining event in anyone's life.

Five hundred copies of the CD were given away free in Sussex - through playgroups, clinics, Surestart children's centres, antenatal groups, libraries and by midwives, doulas and though the NHS Health Promotion department in September and October 2006. The programme also had international appeal and was distributed and heard in Austria, Portugal and USA.

Speaking of Birth was produced by Daniela Gargiulo for Audio Craft. The project was supported by Awards for All, a UK lottery grants scheme for local community projects.


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