My Art in the Wild

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I’m very proud that my art is used by Macomb County Health Department in Detroit, Michigan, as their Peer Breastfeeding Support Counsellors emblem, to promote breastfeeding in their diverse ethnic communities where breastfeeding rates have been low.

It has also been used by students and medical professionals as part of presentations, and many professionals working in positions that deal frequently with pregnant or newly post-partum mums use them to encourage and empower; physiotherapists, lactation consultants, doulas, midwives, yoga, baby massage and more.

My work has been shared and purchased around the world, in approx 15 countries and 20 U.S. States.  It has been used to promote and celebrate breastfeeding by:

 

  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on the cover of their Breastfeeding Education Information for Healthcare Professionals.

 

  • Breastfeeding Peer Counsellors in Macomb County Health Department, Michigan to promote breastfeeding in their ethnically diverse communities with low breastfeeding rates.

 

  • Hot Milk, French Breastfeeding Magazine, on the cover and an accompanying article about my work.

 

  • The 1789 Fund, a U.S. based non-profit organisation working to train midwives and reduce maternal mortality rates in the world's vulnerable nations recently commissioned a logo for their Terese Bassi Initiative in Nepal. 

In September 2019 I was honoured to present a print of my "Mama’s Milk" drawing to internationally renowned breastfeeding advocate Dr. Jack Newman, at the DoulaCare Ireland Conference. They also chose to present a print to their MC Heather @HeatherBetsy and a selection of smaller prints were presented to each of the other guest speakers.

Another great  honour was having a copy of my Mindfulness Colouring Book presented to First Lady Sabina Higgins at the Friends of Breastfeeding Gala Awards in September 2019. She was finishing her term as Breastfeeding Advocate of the year and it was given to her as a gift. I was also delighted to attend the latching on event in Áras an Uachtaráin which was hosted by Sabina, as a volunteering member of Friends of Breastfeeding. 

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My panic attack drawing was viewed by over 62,000 people on Facebook and 17,000 on Instagram and shared thousands of times. That was a big shock because it obviously wasn’t anything like my normal art, I was understandably nervous sharing it because it’s telling the world and all my friends and family what goes on inside my head, but seeing the comments on facebook shares and the reaction online and with women who I spoke to about it in real life at baby fairs etc I am endlessly glad I did draw and share it because it resonates with so many. Which is great but also sad, that so many of us experience those emotions yet every one of us thinks we’re alone in it.