I am proud to be part of this amazing book, just out of print.
Demeter Press is named in honor of the Goddess Demeter, herstory’s most celebrated empowered and outraged mother. The press addresses Mothering, Reproduction, Sexuality and Family. It is an independent feminist press committed to publishing peer-reviewed scholarly work, fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction on mothering, reproduction, sexuality and family. Demeter is partnered with the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI).
The new book The Music of Motherhood: History, Healing, and Activism is its most recente publication (December 2017). Mothering and music are complex and universal events, the structure and function of each show remarkable variability across social domains and different cultures. Although mother studies and studies in music are each recognized as important areas of research, the blending of the two topics is a recent innovation. The chapters in this collection bring together artists and scholars in conversations about the multiple profound relationships that exist between music and mothering. The discussions are varied and exciting. Several of the chapters revolve around the challenges of mothering partnered with a musical career; others look at the affordances that music offers to mothers and children; and some of the chapters examine the ways in which music inspires social and political change, as well as acknowledging the rise of the mom rock phenomenon.
Martha Joy Rose is a musician, concert promoter, museum founder, and fine artist. Her work has been published across blogs and academic journals and she has performed with her band Housewives On Prozac on Good Morning America, CNN, and the Oakland Art & Soul Festival to name a few. She is the NOW-NYC recipient of the Susan B. Anthony Award, her Mamapalooza Festival Series has been recognized as "Best in Girl-Power Events" in New York, and her music has appeared on the Billboard Top 100 Dance Charts. She founded the Museum of Motherhood in 2003, created the Motherhood Foundation 501c3 non-profit in 2005, saw it flourish in NYC from 2011-2014, and then pop up at several academic institutions. Her current live/work space in Kenwood St. Petersburg, Florida is devoted to the exploration of mother-labor as performance art.
Lynda Ross is a professor of women’s and gender studies in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies at Athabasca University in Alberta. She graduated with a doctoral degree in psychology from the University of New Brunswick in 1998. Lynda’s research interests focus on the social construction of theory and ‘disorder,’ attachment, and motherhood. Tying together these interests, her first book on the subject, Interrogating Motherhood, was published by the AU Press in December 2016.
Jennifer Hartmann is an ethnomusicologist, violist, and liturgical vocalist who holds a BMus (history and literature) from Dalhousie University and a MA (musicology) from McGill University. She is currently a PhD candidate at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where her primary research involves the cultural study of wedding string quartets, with a focus on the occupational folklife of gigging musicians. She has also conducted research on the use of bellydance as a coping strategy during pregnancy and labour, inspired by her own experience as an amateur dancer. She lives in Iowa with her husband and two young daughters.
Page Count: 250
Publication Date: December 2017
Singing Birth: From Your Voice to Your Yoni
By Elena Skoko
Childbirth is part of our women’s lives and it is one of the most transforming. It happens through the same love canal where we experience sexual pleasure, our yoni, and it is indeed a continuation of women’s sexual life in its full orgasmic potential. Today we have the science that proves the importance of modulated voice for the wellbeing of women, children, men, couples, communities and human species in general. The melodious maternal voice has a special effect on humans, as it is in the roots of our linguistic and social behaviour. Yet singing during childbirth has still to be properly addressed as a beneficial and powerful practice used by women and by traditional as well as medically trained midwives and ob-gyns inside maternity assistance nowadays. Until recent times women used to sing and dance during important moments of their social and individual lives, including childbirth. You don’t have to be a professional singer to sing while you’re having your baby. Spontaneous singing is part of our human nature and culture. Making peace with our own ancestors is the first step to remember and set our voice free in order to regain our dignity as childbearing women and mothers.
Elena Skoko (Croatia/Italy) is a mother, singer, researcher and advocate for human rights in childbirth. As founder of Singing Birth Workshops (www.singingbirth.com), she encourages women to use their voice and creative power, especially in childbirth and motherhood. She is a songwriter and front woman in Bluebird & Skoko blues band.