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set of threeWombs 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 Set:

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.
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 below..

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

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!

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 responses I currently have to these questions. Enjoy!

updated 12/2018

- 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 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

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' sculpture).
And to show a presentation of a menopausal womb, demonstrating yet more tissue changes in the life of the womb.

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 surrounding organs, 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.

- Why the 'woo woo' ?  Why not be 'only' medical data based?
The simple answer? 
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 generations/centuries
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.

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. 

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 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 respect.

- What 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:
- age
- stage in womb life (pre-pubescent? ovulating? menstruating? pregnant? postpartum? menopausal?)
- health history (fibroids, diseases such as endometriosis, adenomyosis, as well as inflammation, etc. or not?)
- 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 model?

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 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 reference point.

As a result these models are an 'archetype' sculpture of the womb, for a stage of womb development showing a particular
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 connect with.

- 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 medical
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 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
traveled 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, 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 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. 

Still need more 'proof'?  Relax, folks, they are just womb sculptures. :)  And, here's a list of some medical data references.

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 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 ('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. 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

Wombs for WisdomTM:  Do-It-Yourself Instructions:  Basic Womb Set

pinching the cervix on uterus model
An affordable way to have uterus sculptures with a personal touch!

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 traveled 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 ovulating and mensing
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 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.

Email me for prices and order form.

Wombs for Wisdo
mTM:  Do-It-Yourself Instructions: Womb Dissection with Disease

uterus dissection model
What 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 polyp?

Spend about 90 minutes of exploratory clay play time and learn!

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 Wisdo
mTM:  Do-It-Yourself Instructions: The Prostate Community Dissection

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.

Wombs for WisdomTM:   Womb Blood Flow  'Hold-Up-To-Your-Belly'  Illustration

Blood flow with Womb Belly ChartI developed and used this illustration for every class I taught on folk womb healing. It was so helpful!

It gives an instant x-ray like vision into the belly. Unlike complicated cadaver medical illustrations, this drawing
is simplified to communicate directly, 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 impact
of womb malposition on them!

The womb is positioned two (of my) finger widths above the pubic bone, and will look shorter in this illustration
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 longer, perhaps,
in the blood vessels (who knows? everyone is unique inside!)... or you can bring a student this size up to the front
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 sculpture around
to have students feel that weight and sense how it might impact the vessels.
Then talk about the symptoms it can cause...

Comes laminated.

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 Arvigo, DN.
Medical Study: Erbel, Raimund, and Eggebrecht, Holger. "Aortic dimensions and the risk of dissection". . 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."

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