Wombs for WisdomTM: Unique Womb Sculptures!
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 created
from an intuitive combination of medical illustrations,
cadaver viewing and study,
medical studies, extensive clinical manual palpation of
a variety of wombs and womb stages for over
a decade, traditional folk healing concepts of the womb
and its care, and energetic understanding
of the womb and it's multidimensional capacity (whether
childbearing or not).
All of these angles of wisdom has informed my art. As I
learn more, I evolve it.
I hand craft
each womb to order, with attention to detail and
care, so they can support your work
of helping women understand and heal.
'Ovulating' & 'Menstruating' Womb Sculpture
as a set, they are
user-friendly and will give your clients/students an
instant understanding of the impact of
and upper range of monthly cyclical womb weight change.
Additionally, the 'ovulating' womb is built to
approximate dimensions of a nulliparious
womb near midcycle. The 'menstruating' womb shows a
variety of colors of menstrual blood.
The Deluxe Set
includes a hand sculpted 8 oz menstruating uterus and 4 oz
'ovulating' uterus, velvety hand made dual chambered
storage pouch, and a booklet of ideas for use.
For more info on medical data sources, please see FAQ
Email me for prices and availability! Womb
models are made several times a year. Contact me
today to be in the next batch.
'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!
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
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.
Over the years these little beauties
have raised some eyebrows. Below are the responses I
currently have to these questions. Enjoy!
- 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
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.
This is important!!! With so many women in our
culture experiencing suffering with the womb, and
disconnection from their own
cycles of fertility, it is good to have a user friendly
way to interface with the uterus.
2) Second purpose: To
show a standard nulliparious adult womb at midcycle
('ovulation' sculpture), and also show the
upper weight womb change possible between non-mensing and
mensing during a fertility stage month ('mensing'
And to show a presentation of a menopausal womb,
demonstrating yet more tissue changes in the life of the
Why are womb changes important to understand? Because
*where* the uterus is in the pelvis at any given point makes
in your health, and can impact surrounding organs, flows,
and tissues... especially when it's much heavier and
For more information on this, please research the work of
Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN.
- Why the 'woo woo'
? Why not be 'only' medical data based?
There's already medical models available. They are so cool
to see! I encourage you to have many styles of
models to teach from.
The long answer?
Because science is not yet caught up to some of the wisdom
that traditional healers have passed down for
through oral tradition, and through understanding what
worked even if one didn't understand why.
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
As women learn more about this sacred organ, they may find
that the information they learn through traditional
or are able to gain through their own intuition and life
experience, is sometimes not validated by the modern
model of measurable information.
Because of this, we need more than
just strictly medical models to bring all this
wisdom together. We need a model with one foot in
My sculptures are this.
Rather than put Western Medical and Folk Healing
information in competition with each other, I encourage
folks to see
a bigger picture: there is room for both traditions of
information. Both have something to offer a woman seeking
understand her womb and life experience. Diverse
perspectives represent different angles of wisdom.
Perhaps these sculptures can help open this dialogue
between traditions further, with mutual curiosity and
makes a uterus model 'accurate' or 'correct' ?
Such a good question!
I've learned that every
woman's womb is variable in size, shape and weight based
on several things:
- stage in womb life (pre-pubescent? ovulating?
menstruating? pregnant? postpartum? menopausal?)
- health history (fibroids, diseases such as
endometriosis, adenomyosis, as well as inflammation, etc.
- whether influenced by birth control or hormone
replacement therapy or not
- whether or not (and how many) children she has carried
- is it a '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? (I've not seen any studies
on this, but why not?! It's funny what one thinks of
when making these ;)
This is an
impossible amount of variation to boil down into one
image that represents all wombs everywhere, into an
'average' or a 'standard'.
But wait, isn't that what we expect in a
Ok then, what about a cadaver based model? Is that more
accurate? Well, I guess it depends on if you know
the facts about that particular womb, as referenced above!
Then maybe we can say, yes, this is an accurate depiction
of the womb for a woman that has 'x' health history and
'x' age and 'x' stage in reproductive life...
Do you see the conundrum? We are so unique.
Each woman is unique! So, how do we
generalize? What do we base a model off of when the
is so variable from so many angles? As an artist,
this poses a lot to consider.
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
As a result these models are an 'archetype' sculpture of
the womb, for a stage of womb development showing a
function of the womb,
knowing with humility that each woman will have her own story and
history to project onto it and connect.
That's important, because we understand what we can
- What is the data you base
your womb sculptures on?
The 'ovulating' sculpture
has size, weight, and shape dimensions which are easily
found in a variety of sources including the afore mentioned
texts, medical illustrations from Netters, Clemente, and
Grey 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
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
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
traveled internationally come back and tell me of
experiences with elders in those far off communities who
'common sense' folk wisdom!)
The mensing womb size comes
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, depending on the woman's
personal history); 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
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.
Still need more 'proof'? Relax, folks, they are just
womb sculptures. :) And, here's a list of some medical
What Wombs for Wisdom Sculpture Owners are Saying:
"I have been meaning to
write you and thank you so very much for the beautiful womb
models! Not only are they uniquely gorgeous, but I truly
appreciated your handwritten note as well. I can tell a lot
of love went into the process, and as a Reiki practitioner,
I must say the energy coming from
them was incredible! So much love, I just wanted to
sit there with them. So thank you again, your work is
appreciated." - T.M.
"Thankyou Thankyou!!! I love the uteruses - uteri??
LOL they are absolutely amazing and really appreciate you
making them!! My clients and office
staff are loving these as well and fascinated!" -R.S.
"I ordered your wombs for wisdom
several years ago and still bring them to every fertility
awareness class I teach. People *love* them." - A.A.
"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
"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
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
"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
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.
"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
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
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
“Thank you so much
for the ('ovulating') 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.
"Thank you so much! I have
coveted them for years and it is so great to finally have
them! " - Dr. Sarah W. Naturopathic Doctor
Do-It-Yourself Instructions: Basic Womb
An affordable way to have uterus sculptures with a
I developed these instructions when I wanted women to
have the experience of crafting their own womb
which can be profound.
Since then, these instructions have traveled all over
the globe! The first of their kind, it started
With this set of comprehensive instructions, learn how
to hand sculpt and oven bake your own ovulating and
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 with written directions for conditioning
clay, sculpting two wombs,
baking the 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
a fun and personally healing experience it can be to
infuse and shape your love into your own womb
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.
Email me for
prices and order form.
Wombs for WisdomTM:
Do-It-Yourself Instructions: Womb Dissection
does the inside of the womb look like? What
layers is the organ made of? What is the pattern
of womb muscle fibers?
Where do the many womb ligaments attach? How
does a pendunculated fibroid look different from a
Spend about 90 minutes of exploratory clay play time
These instructions were developed to help students
learn the basic layers of womb anatomy, as well as
some common womb diseases.
It is based on scientific illustrations, disease
knowledge, and your inner child's sense of play! This
project takes about an hour
to sculpt and produces a model that can be easily
baked in your home oven and shown to clients to help
them see and feel inside the
womb, and understand their disease better. Made
roughly to scale, but larger overall.
Email me for prices and order form.
Wombs for WisdomTM:
Do-It-Yourself Instructions: The Prostate
This clay anatomy
project is a fun exploration of internal male anatomy:
the prostate and it's connected structures.
Through a simple and unexpected process of making the
sculpture you will end up with a 3-D hand held model
that shows both
the outside of the structures as well as opened to
show the inside. One side of the model
highlights prostate swelling.
Contrasting the two sides shows the impact of disease.
Useful for you to learn your organ proximity for the
male, but also for male clients or students to
see... It makes a user friendly, direct,
and very accessible image to give menfolk to
understand their anatomy. This is not made to scale,
though you can make the prostate
part of the sculpture anatomically approximate.
Email me for prices and order form.
Womb Blood Flow
I developed and used this illustration
for every class I taught on folk womb healing. It was
It gives an instant
x-ray like vision into the belly. Unlike
is simplified to
is easier on the eye,
and geared towards
your womb teachings.
It's great for understanding the blood flows
connected to the womb as well as the potential
of womb malposition on them!
The womb is positioned two (of my)
finger widths above the pubic bone,
and will look shorter in this
than the average 'ovulating' 3 inches
tall, to accommodate for the
bend/curve in it... think 3D!
I developed it to be
approximate for a 5'3" body frame, so much taller
folks can explain that for them it would be a bit
in the blood vessels (who knows? everyone is unique
inside!)... or you can bring a student this size up to
and hold it in front of her.
To use: position the navel approximately behind the
split of the aorta. If you have an ovulating womb
sculpture, hold it
up to this drawing and show the left and right side
lying misalignment positions, as well as pass the
to have students feel that weight and sense how it
might impact the vessels. Then talk about the symptoms it can
Price: $10, includes shipping, handling, and domestic
taxes. Email me
for order form.
**Medical references for this illustration:
Medical illustrations: Netters, Clemente, Gray
Information on womb size, alignment and dimensions: Dr. Rosita
Medical Study: Erbel, Raimund, and Eggebrecht, Holger. "Aortic
dimensions and the risk of dissection". Heart.
2006 Jan; 92(1): 137–142.
" The normal
diameter of the abdominal aorta is regarded to be less
than 3.0 cm. The normal range has to be corrected for age
and sex, as well as daily workload."