Birth art – creations across the globe

In our endless quest to view all pieces of birth art, Holly came across this incredible blog by Amy Swagman, an amazingly gifted artist. We would recommend those who love art of any kind to visit her blog:

She also has an Etsy store (if you are compulsive shoppers like we are!).


Following a trip to Melbourne on the weekend (did we mention compulsive shoppers?!) we stumbled across this fantastic mother and child statue in the middle of the hotel foyer (Vibe Hotel Melbourne):

We think it’s beautiful.


Love Holly and Emma xx

Birth Art – Part two: Images from home

After a busy week surrounded by the amazing spirit of women who have recently birthed or are enjoying the amazing euphoria of pregnancy, we were inspired to add Part Two of Birth Art – images from home. These are personal images that we are proud of and can’t wait to share with you all.

To accompany the images that I took of this beautiful birth at home, I (Holly) wanted to share with you the words that I wrote about this birth in my Honours thesis that I submitted last year:

” My experiences as a student midwife  saw that I, for the majority of the time, was taught how to support women in birth while they were in a semi recumbent position. Over the duration of the Honours degree, with the extensive research, literature review and writing, I thought I now understood what it meant for women to be supported by a known care provider, to be supported to birth physiologically, to respond instinctively in labour.

However, as I was writing the conclusion for this thesis, I had the absolute privilege of being with my best friend at the birth of her daughter, and I realised that I knew very little.

With the loving support of her husband and myself, her children downstairs asleep, my friend responded to the needs of her body immersed within established labour, moving about on all fours on the floor. She would pause with a contraction, sigh and sway her body, her hips, moving to the beat of her baby’s movement and descent, and the contractions of her uterus as it worked with her to move towards the moment of birth. With a birth pool on her kitchen floor, my friend climbed into the pool, moved into a kneeling position in the water and birthed her baby into my hands – at home, in the water. She was primal, instinctive, beautiful in her power as a woman giving birth…”

The environment in which a women chooses to birth her newborn can have an enormous physical and psychological impact upon the birth experience for a labouring woman. The birthing environment impacts upon the woman’s ability to feel safe and secure during labour and birth, which is so important in supporting the woman to remain in control of her birthing experience. Much research has been done into the impact of the environment on the birthing experience.

(I can provide references on request).

We would love it if you would feel comfortable in sharing your birthing/pregnancy images with us to share on our blog. All efforts to maintain privacy will be taken.



Holly and Emma



The History of Birth through Art – the eye of the beholder

One of our team is currently undertaking their PhD, and through their research is uncovering a passion for the history of birthing practices, particularly when represented in art form. So we thought we would share some of these with you.

Historical images depict that the use of upright positions during labour and birth were the most prominent position used. It has been described, back to the time of the Bible, that women would use birthing chairs designed from bricks, or squat over a hole that had been dug in the ground, filled with leaves for safe passage of the newborn baby.

Of the images of art that exist depicting birthing, the women in their upright positions, are always supported by at least two women. One or two women supporting the women to labour and birth in the upright position, the other woman to assist with the birth of the child. It was described in the literature that often these women were extended family or friends.


This statue depicting the woman birthing her baby in a squatting position, supporting her newborn as he or she enters the world, is one of our favourites.

Our next blog update will share some more contemporary art with you – however please feel free to suggest artist that you know of so we can all share the beauty of birth related art.


Holly and Emma


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