Antonia Mackay’s Three M’others concludes its final show

On Friday 31st May, the Sheila Kitzinger Programme funded play, Three M’others showed its last performance at the North Wall Arts Centre, Summertown, Oxford. Offering a glimpse into the real, lived experiences of women as they embarked on their own maternal journeys in the face of a global pandemic, Three M'others concluded its two day run at the theatre to a packed auditorium.

Written by Dr Antonia Mackay as part of her research into the impact the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent digitisation of maternal healthcare, the play brought to life pilot data which concluded that the measures introduced during two UK lockdowns negatively impacted women's mental health.

Following the final performance on Friday, Dr Mackay hosted a Q&A panel featuring experts from medicine, midwifery, health visiting, nursery nursing, psychiatry and Sociology who offered to further contextualise the devastating effects COVID-19 had on women's maternal healthcare

The play and panel left a lasting impression on its audience, highlighting social, cultural and economic issues that have remained relatively invisible – until now. This play, it is hoped, offers the first step to achieving positive digital change for new mothers in a post-pandemic world.

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