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 have informed my art. As I
learn more, it evolves.
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, and let me know
what country you live in to get the right info.
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 'Aha!' or ''Oh, that's why."
But, a light turns on. A dot is
However they respond, it opens the door to self
understanding. To personal healing.
Because we can't heal what we can't connect with.
Don't underestimate this simple importance!
With so many women in our culture experiencing
suffering/pain/disease/dysfunction with their womb,
causing them to be angry or victimized or disconnected
from it... and with so many being disconnected
from their own natural cycles of
it is good to have a user friendly way to connect with the
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 a difference in your health, and can impact
flows, and tissues... especially when it's much heavier
and bigger. For more information on this, please
research the work
of Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN.
genitalia moves around outside the body. Women's
moves around inside the body ;) Women can
understand a variety of
their physical symptoms and why they have them as a result
of knowing about size, shape, and placement changes of the
in their pelvis.
It's really that simple.
- Why are your
wombs NOT 'only' medical data based?
There's already medical models available.
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
palpation. (There weren't ultrasounds when this
information was discovered.
It's time to acknowledge other ways of knowing are valid.)
As women learn more about this sacred organ, they may find
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
model of measurable information.
Because of this, we need more than
just strictly medical models to bring all this
We need a model with one foot in both worlds.
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 to 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
And, having different styles of models to teach from is
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 ;)
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
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 organ
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 data references.
- My doctor
told me something different.
There's no competing here. Think of these different
kinds of info as colleagues. There's simply something to
learn from one other.
I encourage you to find the models that fit your paradigm of
knowing, and which you feel comfortable with. Some folks
a range of different styles of models are useful to reach
their range of students/clientele. :)
What Wombs for Wisdom Sculpture Owners are Saying:
"Got them and love
them!!!!" - L.V.
"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