|My first son, and I, still connected via umbilical cord.|
|"Lalo's Birth", Drawing at 28 weeks gestation.|
As artistically challenged as I am, I have not quit art therapy. Birth art serves as evidence of the metaphysical power we have, as women, to materialize thoughts, desires, and goals, simply by fantasizing on paper. Digging deep within ourselves without inhibition or judgment, teaches us about ourselves, and facilitates deep healing required for an easier birth and postpartum experience.
|"Arbol de la Vida", by Jess at nine months.|
|Belly painting as birth art helps connect with baby and celebrate mother's body.|
|"My Sister's Placenta", by Tots|
Birth art after childbirth helps support and integrate us into parenthood. Traumatic births kept in silence will be examined and released for more clarity and management strategies. Pride, anxiety, and other feelings and inner stresses that motherhood may bring about are proudly displayed as art, helping parents cope- rather than hide or feel ashamed about our emotions.
|You can get creative with a fresh placenta print. The whole family can participate.|
Birth art Prompts:
1. Tlazolteotl has come to take your filth, so that you may have a smooth, pure delivery. What does she take with her? How do you feel afterward? How does baby feel?
2. Create your ideal birth. Fantasize on paper- no matter how outrageous. Include details like scents, what you are wearing and thinking, who is with you, backround noises, etc.
3. Role reversal: Imagine you are your fetus. What does your world look, feel and sound like from inside your womb. What flavors do you experience? Who's voices do you recognize, and what do they say? What type of connection do you have with your mother? You can use icons, symbols, colors, words, phrases, etc.
Blessings on your journey!