Dr James Clifford Kent, Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies and Visual Cultures and a practising photographer, has recently shared work from his current, very timely photography project ‘Pregnant in a Pandemic’ via the independent news source The Conversation.
The project is based around a series of portraits and stories about people's experiences of love, loss and survival while pregnant and giving birth during the pandemic.
Above: A photograph by James Kent of a mother and child looking out of a window at a sea view.
After Dr Kent's partner Charley had a traumatic experience giving birth last year, he shared their story on Instagram. This was met with a huge response from hundreds of women who wanted to tell their own stories about what it was like having a baby under pandemic restrictions. He teamed up with Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox from the University of Cambridge to explore these stories alongside the research she has been doing.
With colleagues at the University and Cambridge University Hospitals Dr Lloyd-Fox has set up the CoCoPIP research study (COVID in the Context of Pregnancy, Infancy and Parenting). This study has been following families since July 2020 and providing a platform for them to record their experiences of pregnancy, health care and social support, birth, and parenting in the context of COVID related restrictions and impacts.