About and Contact

Anna is currently a Visiting Scholar in Philosophy at UC Berkeley.  She is studying the role of mental imagery and visualization in the philosophy of mind, a project informed both by her dissertation research on the role of visualization in Chinese religions and by her examination of imagery used for mental and physiological transformation in birth as a rite of passage. She has used visualization during the births of both of her children (Kieran and Montserrat).  Giving birth to her first child, Kieran, had a profound impact on her life, and she began this blog in 2010 when 3 months pregnant with her second child, Montserrat.

Anna holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (UC Santa Barbara), an M.A. in Art History (UC Santa Barbara), and a B.A. in Philosophy (New York University).

To contact Anna with questions or comments, or to submit artwork for the website, please email her at: visualizingbirth [at] gmail [dot] com.

7 Responses

  1. Rhian
    Rhian · July 26, 2015 at 21:58:25 ·

    Hi there,

    I really appreciate your site! My husband and I collected positive images to make a birth altar. I wish we had found your site then… I found it through pinterest. I trained as an Art Psychotherapist in the UK.

    I’n due to give birth in 2 weeks and often light candles in front of the images!

    Thanks and good luck,


    1. Visualizing Birth
      Visualizing Birth · September 27, 2016 at 11:11:59 ·

      Hello Rhian, I hope that this message finds you doing well and enjoying mothering!

      I am currently doing a project on birth altars. Did you take any pictures of yours? If so, I was hoping that I could look at the altar and discuss it with you. Let me know, and best wishes to you.


  2. David Iona
    David Iona · August 27, 2017 at 08:48:01 ·

    I came across your site by accident and wondered if you would care to look at a video I put together titled ‘My Birthing Pool’ on you tube. The poem is read by a British actor namely Lisa Grant who read my poem two days before she herself was due to give birth to her daughter.

  3. Stephanie
    Stephanie · February 6, 2018 at 18:03:13 ·

    Hi Anna,

    Thank you for your site. Do you happen to know the date of Sara Star’s The Crowning? I am a midwifery student and would like to include this work in a presentation but would like to reference it properly.

    Thank you!

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