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set of threeWombs for WisdomTM: 'Ovulating' & 'Menstruating' Womb Sculpture Set

These hand crafted
, one-of-a-kind polymer clay uterus sculptures are excellent tools for educating women
about their uterus, and helping women to 'connect' to their own.

They are based on a unique combination of medical data and illustrations, cadaver observation,
over a decade of clinical manual palpation of living wombs, and concepts from traditional folk healing.


Designed to function as a set, they are user-friendly and will give your clients/students an instant understanding
of the impact of uterine alignment and upper range of monthly cyclical womb weight change.
  
 

Deluxe Gift Set includes an 8 oz menstruating uterus, 4 oz non-menstruating uterus, hand crafted dual chambered
velvety storage pouch, and a booklet of ideas for use. For more info on sources, please see FAQ below..
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Wombs for WisdomTM : 'Menopause' Womb Sculpture

A great addition to your bag of wombs, and for menopausal women specifically to connect to their own womb, or post hysterectomy womb energy!

W
hen placed next to the ovulating and mensing set of wombs they show a full arc of life stages from the womb's waking to her resting.  Zesty colors
in this model are symbolic of this being a time in a woman's life where she is typically freed up in her energy and creativity to persue her own passions,
growth, and interests.

While medical data on the sizes and shapes of menopausal wombs varies individually based on how many years out from from having menses cease
and health history factors, I based this sculpture on averages listed from an ultrasound study, medical illustrations, cadaver viewing, as well as
manual palpation experience and folk healing wisdom. This womb sculpture is smaller and thinner than the other two, and weighs 3 ounces as an
intuitive estimation of the hormonal effects on tissue shrinkage.


Comes with a cotton storage pouch with card of womb facts.  May be comfortably stored with other wombs in the velvety pouch
of the Deluxe set.



Email me for prices and availability!  Womb models are made several times a year.  Contact me today to be in the next batch.




Frequently Asked Questions:
Over the years these little beauties have raised some eyebrows.  Below are the best responses I currently have to these questions. Enjoy!
updated 10/4/2017


- What is the point of these sculptures?

There are two purposes:

1) First and foremost, these are pieces of art, some of the best teaching tools available for women to 'connect' to their uterus.


It has been interesting for me to see women interact with them over the years.  Sometimes it's a simple 'Aha!' or ''Oh, that's why."
A light turns on. A dot is connected. Other times it's profound emotion.

However they respond, it opens the door to self understanding, validation, empowerment and connection between a woman and her womb.
It opens the door for personal healing
.

With so many women in our culture experiencing suffering with the womb, it is good to have a user friendly way to interface with the uterus.


2) Second purpose:  To show a standard nulliparious midcycle adult womb ('ovulation' sculpture), and also show the
upper weight womb change possible between non-mensing and mensing during month ('mensing' sculpture). 


Why is weight change important to understand?  Because *where* the uterus is in the pelvis makes a difference in your health,
especially when it's much heavier and bigger.  For more information on this, please research the work of Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN.


- Why the 'woo woo' with your models?  Why not just have them be 'only' scientific data based?
 
The simple answer?

There's already standard medical models out there. 

And, because science is not yet caught up to some of the wisdom that traditional healers have passed down for generations/centuries through
oral tradition, through understanding what worked even if one didn't understand why, we need more than just strictly medical models to
bring all this wisdom together.  We need a model with one foot in both worlds. These are they.

That's not an insult to science!  It's an invitation to both traditions to learn from each other. 

These sculptures are inspired by the teachings of healers who hold the knowledge of traditional folk healing techniques for the womb,
and who are adept at feeling changes in the organ through palpation.  They are also inspired by medical data.

As women learn more about this sacred organ, they may find that the information they learn through traditional healers,
or are able to gain
through their own intuition and life experience, is sometimes not validated by the modern western
medical model of measurable information. 


(And you know what? That's ok, because none of us is *only* a measurable body. We are multidimensional. And we are talking about
the most multidimensional organ there is!  After all, where else does lifeforce, soul, and body mesh together mysteriously to make new life?
It is our birthright to sense into this mystery.  That is so woo woo it's wonderful!)

Rather than put Western Medical and Folk Healing information in competition with each other, I encourage women to see
a bigger picture: there is room for both traditions of information.
They both have something to offer a woman seeking to
understand her womb and life experience.

Diverse perspectives are valuable. They represent different angles of wisdom.

Perhaps these sculptures can help open this dialogue between traditions further, with mutual curiosity and respect.

 
- What is the data you base your 'menstruating' womb model on?

The 'ovulating' sculpture has dimensions and shape which is easily found in a variety of sources including the afore mentioned medical
texts, medical illustrations from Netters and Clemente, as well as cadaver observation. Also, it has been my experience that this data has 'felt'
consistent with the midcycling wombs I've palpated in over a decade of doing maya abdominal massage for women.

The menstruating sculpture weight is based on numbers I learned in maya abdominal massage training (which taught Central American
folk traditions of womb care and wisdom combined with science from the West).

From this I learned that wombs become heavier during the month, peaking before and on the first day or two of an actual menses.
This is why some cultures have traditions around this time of the month to protect the uterus... such as not lifting heaving things, or
walking barefoot or sitting on cold surfaces to reduce risk of having the womb drop low, which can harm fertility, cause pain in sex,
and give menstrual cramps as well as bladder leakage and constipation! This information has been validated in the many women I've
served over the years, hearing their stories and listening to the way they describe their wombs on their menses. (I've even had clients who
travelled internationally come back and tell me of experiences with elders in those far off communities who shared similar
'common sense' folk wisdom!)

The mensing womb size comes from three sources:  first, traditional folk healing information on a womb being enlarged/engorged just before and
during menses; second, clinical palpation of living wombs right before onset/first day of menses, which in my experience is consistent with
the folk healing information... (I observe it palpates quite obviously larger and spongier when it's actually mensing and not having a 'breakthrough
bleed' from birth control pills... and many times typically feels close to the actual size of this model, give or take a little); and third, it's based on the
size to weight ratio of the 'ovulating' clay sculpture for which we have much technical science data. Given these three factors, the 'mensing' sculpture
size felt adequate to me to demonstrate the folk wisdom weight changes that these sculptures were intended to teach.

The mensing womb shape is based on medical illustrations, cadaver study, and palpation as well. 

Keep in mind that anytime we combine oral tradition folk wisdom (that didn't have ultrasounds to 'prove it'), with
modern scientific research,
we have to be willing to make room for more than one paradigm to understand the value
of what is before us. 


These sculptures are art, but they sit at the crossroads of science and folk healing ways. That's not an inadequacy, that's a gift!

A final note on 'size':

Over the years I've found a shortage of sonogram/ultrasound/surgical research showing the data of menstruating womb 'sizes'. 
Not suprising, as in-depth medical research on the complexity of women's bodies is just starting to happen. (Most of the data we have on bodies
comes from advanced and detailed studies of male anatomy!)

It would be lovely if these sculptures sparked someone to do a study about 'size' of mensing wombs, with different factors of comparison:  nulliparious,
multiparous, with adenomyosis/endometriosis, and while on the birth control pill breakthrough bleeding.

If these models spark research?  That would be awesome!   


- What makes a uterus model 'accurate'?

Such a good question. Allow me to answer at length.

Every woman's womb is variable in size, shape and weight based on several things:
- age
- stage in womb life (pre-pubescent? ovulating? menstruating? menopausal?)
- health history (fibroids, inflammation, disease such as endometriosis, etc. or not?),
- whether or not (and how many) children she has carried.
- is it 'normal' shaped fundus or bicornate? two cervixes or one? (these are actual variations that happen)
- (and what about racial variation? In male genitalia, there's evidence of subtle racial variances, why wouldn't the wombs designed to mate with those
also reflect subtle variances?)

For example, here is one such study that speaks to the differences in womb sizes and health and stages of life:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/14273808_Sonographic_size_of_uterus_and_ovaries_in_pre-_and_postmenopausal_women

With so many variations, how does one go about making an anatomically 'correct' model that represents ALL wombs everywhere
for ALL women?  Is it even possible? Can we see 'one' model and assume "Eureka! That's it!" ?

Humbly, no, not in my opinion.

My solution to this problem (and it is by no means the only one or best one) is to create an art sculpture that teaches the concepts I wanted
to illustrate, but also gives an approximate medical reference point...

As a result these models are an 'archetype' sculpture of the womb for a stage of womb development, knowing with humility
that each woman
will have her own story and history to project onto it. That's important, because we understand better
what we can connect with.

There is room for both commercially made mass produced medical womb models, as well as hand made womb sculptures.
Each is valuable and has something to offer. Each shows a different angle of the big picture. 

I encourage you to own different styles of models in your collection to benefit from the diversity of understanding available.


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What Wombs for Wisdom Sculpture Owners are Saying:


"I have to tell you that when I held the two in my hands I felt this deep stirring inside of my own body -  a connection with something that "was" sacred, but now
is past and will no longer swell within me  (I am post menopausal). Yet still my body was stirred and I could "feel" the blood and bloating within. 
Thank you for the work you do and the beauty of what you create with your hands that is for others." - B. P., teen and adult women sexuality and health educator


"From my personal experience, seeing, no, rather holding, the wombs was a catalyst in the way I thought about my body. It made me reassess how I treated it,
how I behaved while on my period and the lack of genuine understanding I had with it. Of course, I'd seen plenty of pictures, and read a plethora of academic
articles, listened to lectures, stories, etc., but nothing compared to the real impact of holding them in my hands."  - pelvic floor yoga student



"The powerful, beautiful models arrived this morning!! I am thrilled - these models make the womb real - will be such an asset to teaching... can't wait to share
them this coming weeked and my Self Care Class.  I wish I had these models when I was a practicing midwife to help women understand their power..."
- Connie C., Certified Nurse Midwife, LM

               

"Your models are beautiful. Students love holding them.  Thank you for doing this work!"  T.R.  Certified Fertility Awareness Educator


"Thank you for my beautiful wombs!  I love them and the colours are fabulous!  They have been held and wondered over and loved so much already by my
friends and colleagues
and will have their first presentation to the 10-12 yr olds next month during the 2 workshops around menarche that I will be running.
So exciting!!"  K.C-M., Australia



"I have actually used the set a couple of times already as a way to draw clients in for a possible visit. It was COOL watching a woman's face light up as she understood
why her legs hurt when her uterus is displaced at 5 days prior to her cycle. You are Simply the Best!! - Trish D., maya massage practitioner and educator



"I've started using my models with my clients and it is great seeing the lights come on when they realize why they need to take special care of their wombs when
they are heavier. They also work great with my life-size pelvic model.
Thank you so much for this work."
- Terra R. Registered Midwife, Ayurvedic and maya massage practitioner



“Thank you so much for the uterus model. All of the ladies in the office love it! I love it! It is anatomically correct... the size and shape are wonderful for helping
patients visualize actual uterine size.” - Dr. Terri T. OB-GYN



"Thank you so much!  I have coveted them for years and it is so great to finally have them! " - Dr. Sarah W. Naturopathic Doctor




pinching the cervix on uterus modelWombs for WisdomTM:  Do-It-Yourself Instructions

I developed these instructions when I wanted women to have the experience of crafting their own womb sculptures, which
can be profound.  Since then, these instructions have travelled all over the globe!  The first of their kind, it started here.

With this set of comprehensive instructions, learn how to hand sculpt and oven bake your own womb models at home.

A great option for international folks who feel crafty, or anyone on a budget who wants to own a set.

Instructions include detailed
photographs and written directions for conditioning polymer clay, sculpting wombs, and baking models, tips on the process,
as well as a list of simple supplies
you assemble from your kitchen and local craft store and ideas for how to use them.  Enjoy two hours of play
time connecting to your womb energy and sculpting something personal and beautiful!


People remark what an amazing and personally healing experience it can be to infuse and shape your love into your own womb model.  

Please do not teach this material in your classes or circles without an express use agreement with me, for two reasons: 
One, this material is copyrighted. Two, your integrity in this helps pay the bills... it makes a big difference. And Three, (bonus!) nothing
teaches integrity like karma; honoring my unique contribution will build equity for your unique contribution to be honored when it emerges.
Thank you.

Instructions are available for 'ovulating'/'mensing' womb sculptures, uterus dissection with disease sculpture, and prostate community sculpture.

An affordable way to have uterus sculptures with a personal touch!



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