Laura Sisskin, Javana Mundy, Kim Berrios Lin, Amanda Brooke Lerner
Still, Birth. is a play about pregnancy loss.
A taboo subject for centuries, this play seeks to open the lines of communication between those who have been touched by pregnancy loss in any way.
We want to tell our stories and we want to open the space for others to do the same. Stillbirth, miscarriage, and late-term abortion account for 5.82 deaths per 1,000 live births in the U.S. The loss often leaves a trail of disappointment, guilt, shame, and grief that are commonly experienced in silence. Still, Birth. uses dance, monologues, scenes, and poetry to tell the truth about losing a pregnancy. By telling our stories, we hope to bring healing and understanding to those affected.
Women's reproductive rights are at a tipping point in our society. We believe that we need more and better care, not less.
As we've developed this play, it's become apparent that it's not the pregnancy loss that continues to inflict pain but rather the silence, rejection, or judgment from our communities. Weaponized shame has effectively suppressed the voices of those who have real, lived experiences.
Still, Birth. seeks to shamelessly tell the truth.