Using the Spiritual Midwifery Logo to Visualize Crowning
This is the beautiful logo from Ina May Gaskin’s Spiritual Midwifery and The Farm Midwifery Center. The image of the crowning baby is similar to Artist Gisela’s Crowning Rose image covered earlier here. Ina May has written about using visualization in birth, and I especially recall the relationship she describes between imagery and birthing when she discusses use of the Sheela-na-gig for visualization in her Guide to Childbirth (available on Amazon or free download). This book was the most important one I read during my first pregnancy, and the discussion of visualization there was extremely helpful to me during both of my children’s births.
Looking at opening flowers or imagining them is highly instructive as one approaches labor and birth. Images of babies crowning from the flowers themselves further help pregnant women to imagine both the cervix and the vaginal opening like layers of an unfolding flower.
For a beautiful video of an actual rose opening, see here.