The crossing

Directed by Simon d'Hénin - In collaboration with CECOS of Tenon's hospital, Paris
ENSCI Les Ateliers - Diploma

What does it mean to make a child without making love, away from home and surrounded by doctors ? Infertility affects more and more couples today. Medically Assisted Procreation (MAP) is one solution given to these couples to help them start a family. However, the process often involves stress, loneliness, doubts and does not guarantee any results. It is always a complex balance between hope and courage against deception and sadness. The course can be long and difficult. It is therefore important for these couples to be able to manage their daily life from a practical point of view but also from a very emotional one.

THE CROSSING has been created to meet these needs and accompanies the couples all along the process thanks to three tools. A website and a mobile application help the couple day by day to communicate together but also with doctors and to connect with other couples living with a MAP. This builds a community of sharing and support in order to give the couples some help not only when they are visiting hospitals but whenever and wherever they need it. The third tool, and most original, is a connected object located at home. His name is Moris and works in conjuction with the mobile application. Moris reintroduces a bit of warmth in a life submitted to the coldness of medical treatment, with a physical and tender interface of communication built for the couple. It delivers paper messages and creates a new way to share. It sets in the home a new ritual dedicated to this process and helps to play down and to get over some taboos related to MAP. As paper is always present within the medical process, Moris plays with this material and with the freedom we could all have with it. This helps the couple to feel that they are gaining control over something, instead of undergoing something like they usually do in hospital. According to their emotions and experience during the process, they can for instance decide to make those papers become a good memory by keeping it on the fridge or a bad one that they just want to throw into the bin.

An association of volunteer doctors and psychologists are taking care of the whole service, acting on the mediation of the website and answering the couples’s questions.  

During the realization of this project, I have been supported by several couples within the MAP process and also by the TENON hospital of Paris. Today, I am looking for a way to make this project live for real, in order to help those people, who could possibly be you or me, to go through this experience in a different manner and to have tools in their hands other than medicines, pills, syringes and prescriptions. If you are interested by this project, please contact me via the ‘contact’ form.

Credits : Véronique Huyghe

Video edition : Manon d'Ercole