Tag Archives: childbirth

“Stella”

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6 x 8 inches – Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8 x 10.6 inches – Digital print (100 in a series): $50

12 x 16 inches –  Giclee Print (50 in a series): $175

Original: SOLD

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This is an actual placenta print made with various types of paint (acrylic, watercolor).  We wanted to tell the story of Stella’s birth which was on a warm, blustery summer night.  “Stella” obviously means “stars.”  She was born in August and poppies represent that month.  Out side the door of their house two swallows were nesting and the chicks had just hatched.  It was a magical birth!

For more info on how to do a great placenta print please visit my Facebook album here.

Alchemy

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series): $50

12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series): $150

Original: SOLD

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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Creating a human being is among some of the greatest magic in our universe.

Fearless

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series): $50

12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series): $150

Original: SOLD

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On her belly is tattooed a West African Adinkra symbol, “Aya,” which is a fern that represents endurance and resourcefulness.

Sheela Na Gig

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series): $50

12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series): $150

Original: SOLD

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Ina May talks about it in “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth”

“Historians and archaeologists have long been fascinated about the meaning of the sheela-na-gig figures of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England and other parts of Europe… My idea is that this figure was probably meant to reassure young women about the capabilities of their bodies in birth. Ellen Prendergast, in an article written for an Irish historical journal, remarked: After a lifetime’s awareness of such figures I am convinced their significance lies in the sphere of fertility, and that what is depicted… is the act of giving birth.

Whether Ms. Prendergast and I are right or not, I can testify that a sheela-na-gig figure can be a great help at birth. As you can see, the vulva of the crouching figure is open enough to accommodate her own head. Such a sight is quite encouraging to a woman in labor.”

“Intention”

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series): $50

12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series): $150

Original: SOLD

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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This Is Why

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original: SOLD

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Childbirth can be one of the most amazing, rewarding, heart-opening experiences.  A woman goes through the challenging yet euphoric journey of labor, works with her baby, and together they emerge as a new creation.  Oxytocin levels will never be higher for that mom and baby then at the moment of birth.  This is birth how it is meant to be.

This piece is meant to be a response to all those “Why on earth would you not get an epidural/give birth outside a hospital/choose a midwife/etc” comments.

A huge thank you to my doula clients and midwife Sarah Stone at Mountain Midwifery Center for allowing me to use their birth photos as reference!  It was such an honor to be at their birth.

Solstice Babe

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $250

Original: N/A

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Here is a piece I did for my second daughter’s birth.  She was born in the water at Mountain Midwifery Birth Center.  Her birth was amazing!  If you’d like to read all about her birth story you can visit my sister doula website here.  You can also watch a video of her birth below:

“I Will Always Love You”

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12×12 inches
Watercolor, colored pencil, on illustration board

Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original (12×12 inches):  SOLD

20% of ALL proceeds from this image goes to the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project

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This piece was done for Ina May Gaskin, creator of the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, with Laura Gilkey and Birth Matters, VA.

It was done in honor of the women who have lost their lives during or around the time of childbirth, for the women who were dealt unfortunate and unavoidable circumstances, the women who do not have access to good maternity care, and the women who were a part of a maternity system that failed them.

On April 10 Ina May and supporters of the Quilt Project will be marching the quilt up the steps of the National Monument in Washington, DC.  This piece will be printed on the supporter’s t-shirts.

About the Safe Motherhood Quilt Prjoect:

The quilt is made up of individually designed squares; each one devoted to a woman in the U.S. who has died of pregnancy-related causes since 1982. One quilt square is designed and dedicated to each mother’s memory and may mention the date and place of death and the name of the woman. The Safe Motherhood Quilt is the voice for women who can no longer speak for themselves.

To be honored and remembered on The Safe Motherhood Quilt:

  • The woman died as a result of a complication of pregnancy or birth
  • The woman’s death occurred since 1982
  • The woman died within a calendar year after the end of her pregnancy (documented by an obituary, death certificate, relative’s or witness’ account).

Did you know…that the United States ranks behind at least 40 other nations in maternal mortality rates according to the World Health Organization. In 2005, the United States reported 15.1 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, up from 7.5 per 100,000 in 1982.

Did you know…that black women in the United States have 4 times the risk of dying from childbirth or childbirth related complications. Hispanic women in the United States, similarly, are 1.6 times more likely than non-Hispanic white women to die from pregnancy-related causes.

Did you know…that the Centers for Disease Control estimated in 1998 that the US maternal death rate is actually 1.3 to three times that reported in vital statistics records because of underreporting of such deaths.

Did you know…that reporting of maternal deaths in the United States is done via an honor system. There are no statutes providing for penalties for misreporting or failing to report maternal deaths.

Did you know…that the Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than half of the reported maternal deaths in the United States could have been prevented by early diagnosis and treatment.

For more information see the below video:


Tamara Rachelle Schardt

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About the Breech Project:

My “Breech” series went back to the basics of memory. Some people say most of us cannot remember before the age of three. Others state that because childbirth is so traumatic OR unlike any other experience in this world, it cannot be remembered.
I was a breech baby, and feel that led to other important parts in my life. (My mother can’t even look at those pieces; she says it brings up how much pain she went through that day).

More from the Breech Project:

Breech Birth – Sea Turtles

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12×12 inches
Watercolor and colored pencil on watercolor board

Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $45
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original: SOLD

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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A friend of mine who had a vaginal breech birth saw Delphinius Birth and wanted one with turtles.