Tommy’s was delighted to host a special private view and breakfast at the Foundling Museum yesterday morning. The event was held to coincide with the opening of the museum’s new exhibition, ‘Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media’.
Tommy's National Centre for Maternity Improvement
The morning started with a presentation about Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement, given by the centre’s Clinical Director, Professor Tim Draycott. The centre, which opened in September 2019, is the result of a collaboration between Tommy’s, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Royal College of Midwives, the NHS, and crucially, women and their families. This alliance represents an ongoing commitment to improving care across the maternity system to make the UK the safest place in the world to give birth.
Professor Draycott spoke of the centre’s work, and specifically its creation of a digital tool to personalise and improve maternity care. He shared his vision for this ground-breaking initiative, outlining the ways in which it will help reduce the rates of stillbirth and preterm birth in the UK.
This inspiring talk was followed by a guided tour of the museum’s fascinating new exhibition with Caro Howell, Director. ‘Portraying Pregnancy’ is the first major exhibition to explore representations of the pregnant female body through portraits from the 15th century to the present. It looks at the contemporary issues of female identity, empowerment and autonomy in a 500-year context.
Tommy’s would like to thank the Foundling Museum for its help in putting on this wonderful morning. If you wish to visit the exhibition, it runs from 24 January 2020 through to 26 April 2020, and is free with museum admission. Find out more about the 'Portraying Pregnancy' exhibition.
There is also a special 'Babe in Arms' morning tour of the exhibition on 5 February for parents, carers and their babies (up to 12 months old), followed by tea and coffee and a chance to meet other parents and carers. Book your tickets for the 'Babe in Arms' event.
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