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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Emotional Impact of Infertility

Akuaba are African wooden dolls from Ghana that are believed to help infertile women to have children. 



Emotional impact of infertility


Akuaba are African wooden dolls from Ghana that are believed to help infertile women to have children.
Akuaba African Fertility Doll
Infertility affects women from around the world and in many cases the social stigmas of being a barren woman is almost too much to bear. 

In Ghana and other parts of the world a high priority is placed on women to have children. Infertility issues can cause distress since children are seen as a means of preserving family names and traditions.

Married women are expected to produce a child within their first year of marriage and failure to do so can create feelings of guilt and shame causing difficult situations in the home. 

When a woman is infertile, a number of factors, including poor health, hormonal changes and even the supernatural, can cause it. 

Fertility beliefs are passed down from the ancestors in the African world. Akuaba fertility dolls are responsible for governing birth and protecting the mom-to-be from infertility and bad luck. 

If women want a boy then the akuaba doll has a moon-shaped disc for a face, carved with a delicate nose, close-set almond-shaped eyes and arched eyebrows. The thin neck leads into a cylindrical body with two small breasts and horizontal arms without hands.


Women hoping for girls, the akuaba doll takes another form. The small head is flat, narrow and rectangular and in the lower part, the face has round eyes and arching brows. On the top of the head, strands of hair stick up, and the doll has a cylindrical body but no arms.

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