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Conception and pregnancy seen from a woman's point of view is the subject of these works. Women's potential redundancy in this biological process is contrasted with women's centrality in pregnancy and birth currently. Women's emancipation in terms of their choice to have a child is contrasted with women's entombment and confinement to this role. Desire and hope in conception, celebration of a forthcoming birth and its difficulties, beauty and ugliness are some of the strong contrasts in these representations. The shape of the female body in pregnancy stands as an icon or becomes a landscape, is mimicked by men. The medicalisation of birth, the exploitation of women's reproductive capacity in IVF egg-farming or the dangers of late or backstreet abortions are considered. These works raise repeatedly a key feminist concern: women's autonomy in deciding whether, when or how to give birth.