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Book Reading & Discussion with Author: Ghostbelly

Wednesday | March 12 | 7 pm


172 Allen Street, NYC

With Elizabeth Heineman & Aurélie Athan


GHOSTBELLY is Elizabeth Heineman’s personal account of a home birth that goes tragically wrong—ending in a stillbirth—and the harrowing process of grief and questioning that follows. It’s also Heineman’s unexpected tale of the loss of a newborn: before burial, she brings the baby home for overnight stays. In this courageous and deeply intimate memoir, Heineman examines the home-birth and maternal health-care industry, the isolation of midwives, and the scripting of her own grief. With no resolution to sadness, Heineman and her partner learn to live in a new world: a world in which they face each day with the understanding of the fragility of the present. Aurélie Athan from the Sexuality, Women, & Gender Project of Teachers College, Columbia University will facilitate Q&A and discussion post reading.