And don’t they say putting on a show is like having a baby?

The University of Indianapolis School of Nursing and the Department of Theatre are partnering with HealthNet to host a women’s event during this year’s Spirit & Place Festival, by performing the play Birth, which shares the childbirth stories of eight pregnant women with humor, poignancy, and insight. At the cornerstone of each story lies personal choice and putting women at the center of their birth experience.

The play is part of BOLD (Birth on Labor Day), a global arts-based movement aspiring to make maternity care more mother-friendly and create childbirth choices for mothers around the world. UIndy alumni will take part as the performers and theatre alumna Jenni White ’97 will direct. There will be two presentations. On Thursday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Ransburg Auditorium, admission is free, but free-will donations, canned goods, or baby items will be accepted to benefit Better Indy Babies (BIBs). The second show will be Sunday, November 6, at 2 p.m. at Theatre on the Square. Tickets are $15 per person. A “Red Tent” event will follow for women to gather to listen to mothers’ birth stories and create a local sisterhood through birth storytelling.