We know all about Barbie's career choices, but now we have insight into Barbie's personal life via these intimate images which capture her home birth. The blonde bombshell is shown laboring alongside Ken and her daughter, with the support of a midwife. We see the iconic figure's birthing experience unfold frame by frame, capturing each moment from her initial check-in with her midwife, to breastfeeding her newborn. Since millions of children around the globe play with Barbie dolls, this bold pictorial is both empowering and educational for young women, and let's face it, it's pretty funny to see Barbie in all her glory in this never before seen light.
We were so impressed with Barbie's home birth photographs that we contacted the woman at the helm of this project, professional maternity and birth photographer Katie Moore of Beach Birth Photography. See what Katie shares about her project, and why she chose Barbie as her model after the jump.
Inhabitots: What was the inspiration behind your idea to photograph Barbie giving birth at home? Why did you choose Barbie as your model?
Katie Moore: It is my duty as a human being who cares about the future of birth to spread the word of Evidence Based Maternity Care. That is why I chose Barbie. Barbie is a strong woman. No matter what your opinion of her is, you cannot deny that she has done it all. In this day and age, I believe that Barbie would have educated herself on her birth options. This is what women today need to do. Whether a home birth or hospital birth, women need to start taking control of their own health and birth experience.
Inhabitots: Do you specialize in photographing home births?
Katie Moore: I do not specialize in home birth. I specialize in documenting every woman’s unique way of birthing. Every woman is different, and every woman will need different things during her birth process. Preserving the memories of birth in a positive way is important for not only the mother and father, but for the child. They can see how much they were wanted and loved, and cared for, and will be able to look at birth with a positive outlook no matter how they entered this world. That is my desire. Birth is not a disease. Birth is a process — a spiritual movement of change.
We chose several of our favorite images from the extensive collection of photos of Barbie’s home birth. Click here to view the pictorial in its entirety.
Images © Katie Moore