What's Birth Art All About?

Birth Art is AMAZING, but not well known yet. I've written this post to help you understand the 5 W's (and the H!) of Birth Art.

Who does Birth Art? 

Birth Art is led by an instructor (known as a mentor in Birthing From Within's lingo), and can be done individually, as a couple, or in a group setting with lots of other people. Birth Art is effective for people of all genders, usually reserved for people becoming parents soon or who have recently become parents

While so-called creative types often love birth art, you do not have to be creative, artistic, skilled or experienced whatsoever in art to enjoy making birth art and have it be a useful activity

Bonus Who - Who will see my Birth Art?

One of my favorite things about this type of art is that it's not at ALL about the final product.

The completed drawing can serve as a reminder to you of your thoughts and feelings about the topic, and of your journey inward to discover those thoughts and feelings.

However, it's fine if you want to just experience the session and then trash your drawing. 

The finished drawings are usually not something people will frame and hang in their homes! In fact, you don't have to show your completed drawing to anyone else, not even to me! 

What IS a Birth Art session?

Birth Art is a 45-90 minute (depending on the number of people in the session) guided art session.

We start with brief introductions, a quick demo of how to use the art materials (they're exceptionally easy to use!), followed by a short meditation to help center ourselves and get out of our analytical brains.

A short prompt is given, and you begin drawing. The Birth Art mentor provides some additional prompts and suggestions throughout the session to help you focus and keep drawing. 

Time is included after drawings are completed, to allow for discussion, reflection, or for you to journal about the experience and any insights you have gained as a result of the session.

chalkpastels

When should I do Birth Art? 

Birth Art can be done any time during pregnancy, and even after you've given birth. It is great preparation for labor and parenting. It can also be useful after you've had the baby to help process your birth and to help integrate your parenting experience thus far. 

I've done sessions myself a number of times. Sometimes I was pregnant, sometimes I was not - but every time, it was a really enlightening experience. 

Where is Birth Art done?

Birth Art sessions are best done in a quiet, relatively private space where we can work undisturbed.

There is no "right" or "wrong" way to make birth art, and it's important to the process to allow your feelings and ideas to come out freely. For this reason, outside images, music, or other noises and influences are kept to a minimum. 

I work hard to make sure that the session is fun and casual. 

No analysis or judgment of your art is given, and as mentioned above, you don't even have to show me your completed image if you don't feel like it. 

Why should I do Birth Art?

I'll let a few Birth Art session participants explain this part:

Incredible! ... made me think of things I never thought of before. I got in touch with what was going on inside me
Making drawings were helpful in connecting pregnancy to nature, it was very affirming. Making birth art validated me in pregnancy.
Visualizing the birth helped me in birth. The head crowning picture came up when I was pushing.
I wasn’t in touch with mothering feelings before I made the drawing.

How is Birth Art made?

Any number of art supplies can be used for Birth Art. Specific to the sessions I offer, the following supplies are used.

If you are taking a "distance" Birth Art session with me via video conference, I'll provide you a list of exactly what supplies are needed.

If you are taking an in-person class with me, all supplies are included in the price of the class:

  • 18 x 24 in sketch paper
  • soft art chalk pastels
  • paper and pens for journaling after (you may wish to bring your own journal if you use one)

An extra how - how to sign up!

To register for a Birth Art session, click below:

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For the month of May, enjoy a 40% discount on Birth Art sessions with coupon code MayBirthArt2016. See the Memphis Birth Art Classes post for more details, or click on the product link above. Hope to see you soon!

Do you have other questions about Birth Art? Please leave a comment below; I'm happy to answer them!