You're Doing it Wrong! Navigating Advice About Infertility

Bethany Johnson & Margaret Quinlan
People dealing with infertility have a dizzying array of experts (and self-described experts) to turn to for advice, and the directives they share may be contradictory and of variable quality. Guided by their academic research and personal experiences, Bethany Johnson and Margaret Quinlan will help us understand the historical precedents for the advice we're given and how we can navigate it.
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Co-authors Margaret Quinlan and Bethany Johnson discuss the health hurdles and judgement faced by new mothers, especially amidst COVID-19.Event Description: New mothers today face many of the same health issues that confronted women for generations, but the number of experts (lay, technical and other) is growing exponentially, particularly on social media. Margaret Quinlan and Bethany Johnson’s book, You’re Doing it Wrong! Mothering, Media, and Medical Expertise utilizes historical and qualitative methods to examine particular health crises that can arise during the “life-cycle of early motherhood” (pre-conception through early toddlerhood). These crises include (but are not limited to): fertility and conception challenges, pregnancy behavior and outcomes, premature birth, infant loss, and postpartum health issues, when individuals may be most likely to seek or receive advice (e.g., from doctors, friends, family, strangers, and on social media). The dynamics uncovered in Margaret and Bethany’s research operate on an even grander scale during the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the hurdles—and the judgment—for parents must be re-examined as childcare intersects with global health issues in new and unexpected ways. Event Location: This event will take place online via Zoom, a free video-conferencing tool. New to Zoom? After you buy your ticket, you'll receive an email with step-by-step instructions on how to use it, and you'll be a pro in no time!Margaret M. Quinlan is an associate professor in the department of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She explores how communication creates, resists and transforms knowledges about bodies. She critiques power structures in order to empower individuals who are marginalized inside and outside of healthcare systems. She authored approximately 40 journal articles, 17 book chapters and co-produced documentaries in a regional Emmy award-winning series. Bethany L. Johnson (MPhil, M.A.) is a doctoral student in the history of science, technology and the environment at the University of South Carolina and an associate member to the graduate faculty and research affiliate faculty in the department of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She studies how science, medical technology, and public health discourses are framed and reproduced by institutions and individuals with structural privilege from the 19th century to the present. She has published in interdisciplinary journals such as Health Communication, Women & Language, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, Journal of Holistic Nursing, and Women's Reproductive Health. About Speakeasy: Speakeasy offers intimate events with compelling speakers and performers online via Zoom. Learn more about Speakeasy, and check out all of our events.

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