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.

9 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,

    Rhian

    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.

      Anna

  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!
    Stephanie

  4. Tierra
    Tierra · August 9, 2018 at 10:40:50 ·

    Hello Anna,
    I was on the website looking for inspiration for my doula practice how to incorporate Yemoja and birth. Your picture was the first to come up, thank you for sharing. It moved me into a place of peace and joy. I’m new to being a business woman but I know one thing is that violating copyright is not a good thing. May I use your picture of Yemoja within my blog? Thank you in advance.

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