THIS AMAZING PRINT of Pam England's powerful painting entitled "Faith-Based Birth" (originally painted in 2004 and touched up in 2014) makes a perfect gift for a cesarean mother, birth activist, or midwife. It's also a wonderful conversation started for childbirth classes or in a birth center. Suitable for framing, it is printed on high-quality archival paper, and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Pam England. It is available in three sizes.
Pam writes, "Birth customs reflect whatever a culture has faith in at the time. The lower third of this painting depicts buried matriarchal spirituality and culture. The Great Mother, ensconced in a pomegranate (a symbol of fertility) represents ancient knowing and compassion. She hears the cries of birthing women even as she is calling to all women—including women who have medical and surgical births. She is holding a large bowl, collecting the tears, amniotic fluid, and blood of birthing women. Buried in the earth and our collective memory are the primordial images of Inanna (Sumer), Venus of Willendorf (France), Mother and child (Peru), Sheela-na-gig (Celtic England/Ireland). the Mexican moon goddess Tiazolteotle, and the Great Mother of Çatal Hûjûk (Turkey).
The center panel shows the Inquisition (1400-1700), when untold thousands of women, including midwives, and healers were tortured, burned alive, or drowned by men of the Church. To survive, women made a tacit agreement to be silent and compliant. Centuries later, having never grieved the first war on women, we are still living this unconscious agreement in birth.
The upper third of the painting portrays what the dominant western culture has faith in now: Medical-surgical birth and separation of the baby from its mother. The tiles falling off the wall suggest that this trend is not sustainable and will eventually crumble."
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