Laura Godfrey-Isaacs – Author of ‘Maternal Journal: A creative guide to journaling through pregnancy, birth and beyond’ to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in pregnancy, birth and parenthood

Sue in conversation with Laura Godfrey-Isaacs

Maternal Journal is a global community movement. Laura Godfrey-Isaacs is a mother, artist, midwife, creative producer and birth activist. She uses her knowledge and experience in the arts together with midwifery to explore new and exciting ways to support autonomy, mental health and human rights through pregnancy and the experience of being a mother and parent. As a practising midwife in London, she meets people on daily basis who are finding pregnancy, birth and building families challenging, especially if they have a history of mental health issues. She noticed a gap in support, and drawing on her background as a visual artist and producer for more than 20 years, created Maternal Journal to help address the issue.
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The Maternal Journal is filled to the brim with ideas, support and inspiration to create your very own journal through your pregnancy, birth and parenthood. This easy-to-use and beautifully illustrated book will help you explore your creative voice and develop a regular journaling practice using artistic tools and techniques that fit in with everyday parenting. Inside, you will find more than 80 unique guided journal exercises created by leading artists, midwives, doulas and therapists to boost your creativity and wellbeing and help you reflect during this transformational stage of your life. Write a list poem with poet Hollie McNish, build a self-care alphabet with writer Laura Dockrill, or make your journaling manifesto with writer and performer Bryony Kimmings. Be a revolutionary mother with artist Barby Asante and explore daily drawings with live artist Bobby Baker. Based on the award-winning global community movement, led by artist and midwife Laura Godfrey-Isaacs and communications and content producer Samantha McGowan, Maternal Journal promotes the simple but radical concept of expressing thoughts, feelings and experiences creatively in a journal to promote positive mental health and wellbeing throughout your parenting journey.

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