These birth education digital download watercolour posters represent (some of!) what is happening in the womb during surges (contractions) and would be a great tool for remembering the hard work your body is doing in labour - and how the sensations in your womb are safe and productive.
A great support alongside hypnobirthing and educating yourself on physiological birth, or for doulas to include in client materials and as teaching tools in childbirth education classes. The files are A4 sized but people have been pleased with the results enlarging to A3 too.
"We think in pictures and we should be painting accurate pictures. The cervix nor the vagina bloom. The cervix is not a zip lock bag. The purpose of labor is NOT the creation of an opening or a hole... The purpose of labor contractions and retractions is to BUILD the fundus, which will, when it is ready, EJECT the baby, like a piston. Without a nice thick fundus there is no power to get baby out....the cervix does not dilate out....it dilates UP as a result of the effort to pull muscles up into the uterus to push muscles up to the fundus." - Carla Hartley, midwifery educator
Having an accurate picture could make such a difference for women who are imagining what is happening in their bodies during labour. Although I practised visualisations during my first pregnancy (balloons rising in the air, blowing bubbles etc), I don't remember actually finding them meaningful during birth.
I feel it is more meaningful and relatable to focus on visualising what's actually happening in the body, and what the sensations of the surges are FOR, to help remember they are safe and (desirable!).
During the UP stage, the longitudinal muscles squeeze at the top of the womb, pulling the muscles up and pushing down on the baby. The muscles start to bunch up at the top of the womb, and they then help to push down during the DOWN stage - so really up and down are all about moving the baby down - it's just that the muscles are moving up to open the cervix and get ready to push, to begin with. I see it a bit like squeezing a tube at the top pushes the contents out of the bottom.
★★★★★ "I am so happy with this purchase. I am an experienced midwife and qualified hypnobirthing teacher, I have been using these images to help explain the physiology of birth, every single client has commented on how useful they have found them to be able to visualise what is happening. Fantastic product which I would recommend to anyone teaching in this sphere." - Marina, Etsy
★★★★★ "I love this art work. And I have found this the best diagram to help my clients understand the process visually. They really like it too :)" - Laura Walzer, Etsy
★★★★★ "These are so helpful. They help me explain and show my clients what is going on with baby and why are they feeling what they are feeling." - Jessica Imig, Etsy
★★★★★ "Fantastic illustrations! Very colourful and nice description. Can't wait to use these in my pregnancy course." - Ida, Etsy
★★★★★ "These are brilliant visual aids, beautifully illustrated. I love using them in antenatal classes" - Ceri Elms, Etsy
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Disclaimer: Please note my images are stylised visual representations, and the information is accurate to the best of my knowledge, but I am not a medical professional and therefore there may be words or parts of the drawings that aren't 100% anatomically and medically accurate. My materials are not intended to replace any medical caregiver advice.