ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
The Mother Wit Conference is the womb-child of the powerful mother, daughter team, Jasmine Nicole Gibson and Shawnee Benton Gibson. The conference was birthed from the original, one act play/choreopoem that these two gifted ARTivists co-created in 2011, entitled "Mother Wit: Echoes From The Womb". Since the conference's inception, attendees from across the nation have been invited to collectively and co-creatively explore how women, birthing people, their partners, families and communities, navigate the mental, emotional and spiritual impact of infertility, pregnancy loss, pre-term labor, infant and maternal morbidity and mortality, postpartum depression/psychosis and other forms of reproductive trauma.
The conference promotes the free exchange of stories and ideas through educational workshops, performance art and presentations by the most brilliant academics, healers, and practitioners in the reproductive, psychological, and holistic health fields.
The Mother Wit team seeks to offer an inclusive, safe, and engaging space for men and women of all ages, to examine and give voice to the reproductive experiences that are often left unspoken and unaddressed. These experiences include, but are not limited to, infertility, miscarriage, premature birth, abortion, and postpartum depression/psychosis. The conference examines how they affect the individuals mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. The conference culminates with our audience members' stories being brought to life on stage using a powerful improvisational theater form called “Playback Theater”
Conference attendees will be invited to co-operatively, compassionately and collectively share and explore how women and men navigate the mental, emotional and spiritual impact of infertility, pregnancy, infant loss and postpartum depression/psychosis. If you or someone you know may have been directly or indirectly impacted by infertility, miscarriage, pre-term labor, stillbirth, maternal morbidity, mortality and/or infant loss, we invite you to join us!