Birth Art

by Asheya on November 12, 2010

‘The Midwife’ by Canadian artist Adrian Baker is featured in the Mothers exhibition at the Women Made Gallery in Chicago November – December 2010.

An Ottawa news article says the painting depicts the ‘raw agony many women go through during childbirth.’ I actually don’t see raw agony in this painting–I see a mother in peaceful pain receiving comfort and support.

If you have birth art you would like to share, please contact Mothers of Change info(at)mothersofchange(dot)com. The portrayal of birth and motherhood in art is one way of telling our stories.

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Rachel Clear November 12, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Beautiful. I love this.


Fawn November 13, 2010 at 8:36 am

Hmmm, yes, agony is a loaded word. But it truly is agony for some women. I feel lucky that my fear was small enough and my confidence strong enough that I was able to experience "peaceful pain", as you put it.

By the way, Jade (who is almost 5, for those who don't know) loves this picture, too. She said to me, "I want to see that hugging picture again."


Chelsea July 26, 2011 at 8:08 am



Lucy July 26, 2012 at 7:25 am

Yes, I see peaceful, pure effort & the hint of a smile as the woman holding her whispers just the words she needs to hear


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