“Developing a Picture of Us”, a Photovoice study

This study invited mothers experiencing pregnancy complications to talk about their experience and take photographs reflecting their views and journey of maternal morbidity.

Pregnancy complications are often a silent issue and little research has focused on the experiences of women and their understanding of these complications.

The aim of the project is to bring new insights and perspectives whilst raising awareness of hidden or overlooked issues for women.

Mothers-to-be, experiencing a complication, were invited to take photographs that reflect their views and experiences, over a two-week period following a first meeting with the researchers. They were then asked to meet to discuss the photographs with the research team.

With their agreement, the photographs were included in an art exhibition. People from the community and policymakers were invited so that the exhibit may help educate and potentially advocate for change in the maternity services.

Sharing their experiences visually will provide an opportunity for these silent issues to be brought centre stage and begin conversations between patients, healthcare providers, and the community.

Through their art, the mothers will bring new insights and perspectives which raise awareness of their experiences and overlooked issues

This study is based on Photovoice methodology: a qualitative method, focused on participatory research which documents people's reality through photography. 

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National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre

Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 5th Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork