Our Client – The Institute Of Pregnancy Labor and Birth (IPLB)
The Institute Of Pregnancy Labor and Birth (IPLB) is the brainchild of founder and CEO, Lady Linda Adu a Qualified Nurse and IPEN Placenta Remedies specialist. Born in Sydney Australia of Ghanaian heritage and a mother of two, CEO Lady Linda Adu is a supporter of “The Six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices”, the impact of Doulas on healthy birth outcomes, and the benefits of Placenta Remedies.
Linda is an advocate of natural birth practices to encourage normal physiological childbirth, and where her company offers new and expecting parents’ education, encouragement and emotional support during labour, birth and the postpartum period.
The services IPLB provide is IPEN Placenta Remedies, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Education Classes, DONA International Birth Doula Support.
Linda noticed a lack of representation of women of colour in pregnancy, birth and labour materials. To promote inclusiveness and cultural competency amongst health professionals and empower women of colour, Linda collaborated with medical artist Joanna Culley and Medical Artist Ltd, UK to produce an exciting range of 10 realistic anatomy charts detailing in full-colour realism, foetal development and female reproductive anatomy.
These charts are an additional product to Linda’s enterprise and profession as a qualified nurse, but were commissioned to fill the gap of medical illustrations that would represent women of colour. The charts are not only to be used within the classes as educational tools within the antenatal classes, but as anatomy charts for purchase and use. Anatomy charts and visuals such as these are the ideal way to communicate complex medical information and to ensure the expectant parent understands all about birth and the health of her child
Anatomy Chart Content
The Charts include a range of medical illustrations from ‘the timeline of pregnancy’, ‘active labor positions’ and ‘breast feeding’. Recently launched in early 2018 these charts aim to heighten cultural awareness, self-actualisation and connectedness, and provide a stepping stone to expand the range of childbirth material depicting women.
Intended for use within IPLB as a teaching aid in their Childbirth Education Classes, it is the intention that the charts are also made available for distribution and display and for sale to the general public. The target market for the charts are Hospitals, Birth Centres, Lactation Consultants, Childbirth Educators, Physiotherapists, Obstetricians, Birth Doulas, and Midwives, Websites and Education.
The anatomy charts are targeted for worldwide distribution to increase awareness in the health community and increase connectedness by accurately depicting the physiology of pregnancy, labour and birth of women of colour.
Anatomy Charts Win a ‘Gold’ Award from the Institute of Medical Illustrators
It’s with great delight that the anatomy charts were awarded the Gold Award by the Institute of Medical Illustrators, UK. The Institute’s awards are yearly awards based on the recognition of excellence across clinical photography, healthcare design and clinical video.
To win was a great honour but also adds credence to the fact that there is a gap or a need for medical illustrations to be more representative of varying ethnicities and skin colour. We were therefore honoured to provide Linda with our medical illustrations. Linda knew what she wanted and after a year of working together, of our sketching the illustrations and hand painting them using Photoshop painting tools, the result was the most comprehensive and unique set of anatomy charts featuring a woman of colour.
How to Purchase Black Fetal Medical Illustration for your own use
The posters that were commissioned by Linda are available to buy directly from Linda’s own Etsy store: Anatomy Charts of Women of Color
To purchase the same illustrations of black fetal (foetal) development as separate illustrations (i.e. not as posters) but as individual illustrations for websites, presentations, printed hand outs, you can purchase them from our other web site called ‘The Medical Stock Images Company‘. Search using the search bar at the top. Or go straight to the primary pages are; Pregnancy and Child and Family Nursing.