Things That Make and Break Our Births


This exhibition was organized by the Designing Motherhood curatorial team in collaboration with the Discovery Center at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the design, development, and realization of this project.

Designing Motherhood Curators
Juliana Rowen Barton
Zoë Greggs
Michelle Millar Fisher
Gabriella Nelson
Amber Winick

Designing Motherhood Traveling Curators
Juliana Rowen Barton
Michelle Millar Fisher

Gates Foundation Discovery Center Curator
Sarah Thomas Bloom
Content Development and Support
Deborah Kimmey
Contracts and Object Loans
Jessica Lah
Exhibition Coordination and Research
Paquita Esterly
Exhibition Management
Jill Randerson
Audio Guide
Ina Chang
Accessibility Consultant
Elizabeth Ralston
Graphic and Exhibition Design
Studio Matthews
Dillon Works

Exhibition Advisors
Amie Bishop, Senior Research Advisor at OutRight Action International
Angela Garbes, Seattle-based writer and author of Like a Mother (2018) and Essential Labor (2022)
Ari Robbins Greene, proud dad to two children
Cyril Engmann, Senior Director of Quality and Program Impact and Institutional Official at PATH
Dila Perera, Executive Director at Open Arms Perinatal Services
Mercedes Snyder, owner of Something Beautiful Midwifery
Rebecca Mauldin, Director of Communications & Development at ChildStrive

In Philadelphia, Designing Motherhood’s thought partner was Maternity Care Coalition which ensures that families can birth with dignity, parent with autonomy, and raise babies who are healthy, growing, and thriving.

In Boston, Designing Motherhood’s thought partner was Neighborhood Birth Center which will open as Boston’s first independent and freestanding birth center in 2023 with the vision of improving birth experiences and outcomes, across communities, for generations.

MassArt Art Museum, the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Center for Architecture and Design in Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design were vital to the development of Designing Motherhood. Support for Designing Motherhood's initial presentation and publication was provided to Maternity Care Coalition by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Additional support was provided by the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

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