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An Evening With Designing Motherhood

An Evening With Designing Motherhood

Saturday, October 9, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM



Presented By

Multi-disciplinary Design

Maternity Care Coalition staff serving their clients in Philadelphia, 1980s. Photo by Jerry Millevoi. Courtesy of MCC and the University of Pennsylvania Library Archives (MSColl760, Box 44, Folder 56)

They say it takes a village to raise a child -- and it takes a medium size country to write a book, mount two exhibitions, and create a suite of programs on design for the arc of human reproduction. We’re going to celebrate the making of Designing Motherhood with a polyvocal jamboree of contributors to the project to dig into this multifaceted topic and offer a behind the scenes look at how many heads, hands, and hearts made it all happen.


6:00-6:15pm Welcome and What is Designing Motherhood? Introduced by Designing Motherhood team member Michelle Millar Fisher.

A quick virtual walkthrough the exhibition installations at the Center for Architecture and Design and the Mutter Museum


6:15-6:45pm Remaking Reproductive Design Conversations with designers who are rethinking the field of objects and systems that govern reproduction, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum 

Christine Dodson, Mamava 

Eden Laurin, Nyssa 

Thomas Beatie, activist and author


6:45-7:05pm The Designers Behind DM A chat with DM book designers.

Moderated by Dr. Juliana Rowen Barton, DM curator


7:05-7:20pm Storybanking Introduction by Zoë Greggs, MCC Community Engagement Specialist and DM Curatorial Assistant, and Gabriella Nelson, MCC Associate Director of Policy. A thank you to the MCC DM Advisors and debut of Episode 1


7:20-8:00pm Keynote conversation Stories of Reproductive Joy and Freedom

Dr. Khiara Bridges

Dr. Dharushana Muthulingam

Claire Dion Fletcher


With the generous support of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Designing Motherhood aims to elevate and deepen cultural awareness and dialogue surrounding reproductive agency and culturally appropriate care in the choice or ability to have children, and in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experiences, building on the strong foundation of work by Maternity Care Coalition. Designing Motherhood is grateful for the generous support of many individual donors to the project, as well as the amazing companies Storq, Loom, Mamava, Nyssa, and the Female Design Council. The project would not exist without their belief in it and their concrete underwriting of it.