Image of an Unassisted Birth from the 2008 International Arts & Crafts Fair in Puerto Rico

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Photo by verodomica (copyright 2008, verodomica, All Rights Reserved.)

These incredible figurines, presented at the 2008 International Arts and Crafts Fair in San Juan, Puerto Rico, depict birth in its unassisted form.  The primary figure in this photo taken by verodomica, squats and looks down at her child as the newborn emerges.  I do not have any information on the artist but have found copies of this photo appearing all over the web.

This representation of birth could be helpful to others as they prepare for the event themselves.  Not only does the figurine demonstrate the squatting position, often ideal in its ability to utilize gravity and to facilitates the woman as she widens her hips, but the mother appears strong and able, catching her own child.  The expression on the woman’s face is one of concentration and involvement.

The other figures depicted in the image are also of interest, and this almost looks like a representation of a group birth, although the figurines could also represent stages of birth and motherhood and/or parenthood (some of the figures appear male).  Please contact me if you have any information on this image or know of the artist who created it.