Thorns and Flowers: Infertility experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic Women

Winner of the Welsh Crucible/Learned Society of Wales Award

This project was carried out by an interdisciplinary team of female researchers at Cardiff and Aberystwyth and set out to explore the use of an arts & drawing workshop to understand the infertility experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Women.

We were interested in understanding:

  • How infertility affects the wellbeing of BME women and their relationships with partner, family and wider community;
  • What are these women’s views and needs regarding infertility care;
  • If arts and drawing workshops are a useful tool to investigate sensitive research topics such as infertility and overcome language and cultural barriers.

Click the links below to see the booklet Thorns and Flowers: Infertility experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic Women, which presents these women’s infertility views and experiences using their own words and artwork.



Thorns and Flowers

07 November 2016

Illustrating infertility experiences of black and minority ethnic women.

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Research Team

Dr Sofia Gameiro, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Dr Lisa El Refaie, ENCAP, Cardiff University

Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University

Alida Payson, JOMEC, Cardiff University

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