Post Show Discussion Podcasts

Daughters of the Revolution is an experiment in using art and performance to shape a public response to the crisis in the Irish maternity services.

Having started the conversation through art and performance, 4elements has extended the conversation through a series of chaired post-show discussions between the audience and a panel of experts including service-users, obstetric consultants, midwives, doulas, and academics. The conversations took place following each performance of Daughters of the Revolution in the Harbour Playhouse (March 2016), and in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital Dublin (Sept 2017) and are available as podcasts through the links below.

The podcasts are a free resource to continue the conversation about maternity services in Ireland, and may be used in conjunction with performance clips from Daughters of the Revolution and the video recording of the post-show discussion from Sunday, March 6th.

Full performance script of Daughters of the Revolution is available here.

The podcasts were recorded live in the theatre and sound quality is not consistent throughout.

Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital 2017

Thursday, September 14th

Friday, September 15th

Harbour Playhouse 2016

Friday, March 4th

Part 1: Welcome to the Revolution

Part 2: Risk, Choice, and the National Maternity Strategy

Part 3: Women’s Bodies, Listening, and the Hospital Institution

Part 4: Making a Better Future Together

Part 5: In Closing-Time and Compassion


Saturday, March 5th

Part 1: Hierarchies of Knowledge, Listening to Women

Part 2: Choice and Change

Part 3: Patriarchy and maternity in Ireland

Part 4: Litigation, Insurance, and Impacts on Maternity Care

Part 5: In Closing-Supporting Women, Removing Barriers


Sunday, March 6th

Part 1: Unheard Voices and Fragmented Care

Part 2: Maternity and the 8th Amendment

Part 3: Impacts of Centralisation, Privatisation, and the Law on Maternity Care

Part 4: If We See It, We Will Be It-Creating Models for Change

Part 5: What Do Women Know?

Part 6: What is it about the Irish Maternity System? A Call to Action

Part 7: In Closing-Identifying Problems, Moving Towards Solutions


Post-Show Discussion Panellists

Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital 2017

Thursday, September 14th

Professor Chris Fitzpatrick: Consultant obstetrician and former Master of the Coombe Hospital

Fiona Hanrahan: Assistant Director of Midwifery in the Rotunda Hospital

Dr Krysia Lynch: Chair of the Association for Improvement to Maternity Services (AIMS) Ireland

Friday, September 15th

Dr Jennifer Donnelly: Consultant obstetrician in the Rotunda Hospital

Margaret Hanahoe: Assistant Director of Midwifery in the National Maternity Hospital Holles Street

Deb Davis: Wicklow Doulas

Harbour Playhouse 2016

Friday, March 4th:

Helen Guinane: Association for the Improvement of Maternity Services Ireland (AIMS Ireland)

Deb Davis: A birth doula with 10 years’ experience.  She is also a GentleBirth Instructor and is one of the triad that makes up the Wicklow Doulas

Professor Chris Fitzpatrick: Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Master of the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital 2006-2012 and Associate Clinical Professor in Women’s and Children’s Health, University College Dublin

Saturday, March 5th:

Dr Jennifer Donnelly: Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist Rotunda Hospital, Dublin

Gosia Stach: Sociologist, School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin

Benig Mauger:  Psychotherapist, pre and perinatal psychologist and author of Reclaiming the Spirituality of Birth: Healing for Mothers and Babies (2000), Songs from the Womb: Healing the Wounded Mother (1998), and Love in a time of broken heart: healing from within (2008)

Bethann Linstra: Participant in the Daughters of the Revolution devising workshops

Sunday, March 6th:

Philomena Canning: A midwife with over 30 years’ experience in the UK, the Middle East, Australia, including with Australian Aboriginal people, and at home in Ireland with a homebirth practice for 14 years. Philomena is the co-founder of Midwives for Choice.

Paula Barry: Research Midwife, Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital. In her role as Practice Development Co-ordinator, Paula has been instrumental in many developments to enhance the provision of maternity care at the CWIUH.

Marie O’Connor: Sociologist, health correspondent, and Chairperson of Survivors of Symphysiotomy.  She is the author of ‘Women and Birth: A National Study of Intentional Home Birth in Ireland’, Birth Tides: turning towards home birth (1995), and Bodily Harm: Symphysiotomy and Pubiotomy in Ireland 1944–92 (2011).


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