Fact or Fiction – Orgasmic Birth
A friend of mine sent me an email the other day with a link to a woman’s story who claimed that she had an orgasm during birth.
And of course, (because what mother doesn’t want to actually WATCH someone else give birth (SMH)), a video was included. Lucky me.
Needless to say, my curiosity was peaked. Women were claiming to have orgasms during birth, which seemed odd enough. There are actually a few books out there that teach women the steps to having an orgasmic birth experience. And even more interesting is that many people refute the Bible and other references to childbirth saying it is PAINFUL. (I know plenty of people who believe childbirth is painful.) And instead insist that it should be a pleasurable experience that is made painful by our own preconceived notions.
The question raised is whether or not we are clearly psyching ourselves out over birth.
Orgasmic birth folks think that if the mindset surrounding birth is changed, the experienced will be as well. And while I am a firm believer in the process of mind over matter, I am still not sure orgasms and birth go well together.
And I am even more uncertain if orgasms and birth SHOULD go together. The orgasm (hopefully) is what got you to labor’s door, and it feels sort of odd to open the door to parenthood with what is considered a sexual experience.
But who I am to judge?
I can say this: our experiences in this world – during childbirth and otherwise – are clearly brought to life by our perceptions and thoughts. I do believe in the fear-tension-pain trilogy, and am very open to holistic health care and the options it presents.
But I went through labor, and to me an orgasm was the LAST thing on my mind.
So, what about you? Do you think that (one), it's possible to have an orgasm during birth? And (two), is it *ahem* appropriate?