Post # 1
Has anyone here heard of or experienced blissful (orgasmic) birth? I am very interested to learn more about this ages old natural state of mind for birth. According to this ideology the act of giving birth is primal and natural and doesn’t need to be painful or artificial,but actually pleasurable!
I’m definitely not saying other methods of birth are wrong (I was a C-Section baby myself) but I am very interested in questioning the hospital system, and the possibility of being extremely aware and happy during childbirth really appeals to me!
Here are some links to some more interesting information, and if anyone has anything else to add, I would be very grateful!
Post # 3
Check out Mrs. Avocado (www.thatwife.com). She has a natural home birth and has plenty of posts about preparing herself for it. Next week she is going to start recapping the birthing process.
Also, Heather at Dooce.com had a natural birth with her second child. Check out the July 2009 posts on her website. The way she describes her birthing process (and that of her assistant) is beautiful!
Unfortunately, I probably won’t be able to have a completely natural birth when I decide to have children. I have a heart condition and I can’t put too much strain on it :/
Post # 4
I think Doulas can be a great source of info if you are interested in that. And they make great resources during the whole pregnancy.
cool notion, though not sure I would want to have an orgasm while people are watching me give birth 🙂
Post # 5
@BabyBoo thanks for the linkage… I will have to check that out. Sorry to hear you have a condition limiting you.
@Janna I am definitely interested in having a doula. I have read a lot about natural births, but the notion that they can be pleasurable has been kept under wraps for the most part… I’m not sure how I would feel about being that comfortable in front of others either!
Post # 6
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I think pain is just part of the deal 🙂 I understand that natural birth moms enjoy a lot more endorphins afterward though, which I think accounts for the blissfulness. But really, human birth is one of the most painful in the animal world. We’re actually poorly designed for it. We gave up a lot of room for bipedal motion.
Here’s a nice little quote:
“Because of the necessities of bipedalism, the pelvis of a human female is much narrower than that of other primates, meaning that numerous physical complications arise, and birth is physically more painful.”
Post # 7
@Ribbons, thanks for the link! I agree we may not be the best equipped creatures in nature, but I am still fascinated by the accounts of actual orgasm during birth – the idea that pain is perceived and can be altered into something more like sensations instead of unpleasantness.
Post # 8
I’ve heard the term “orgasmic birth,” but I haven’t done a ton of research into it. However, my husband and I did read the Bradley book (Bradley is a natural birthing method), and Dr. Bradley does talk about the possibility of experiencing an orgasm during birth. Pushing a baby out involves many of the same parts of the body as having sex, so it makes sense that some women would be stimulated into an orgasm. Also, the Bradley method stresses a lot that birth can/should be a pleasurable experience for both the mother and her partner. It’s also emphasized that birthing is a shared/bonding experience, and that the mother’s partner should create an atmosphere like you would for lovemaking (i.e. low lights, soft talking, repeating phrases/words you use during foreplay, etc…). If you’re looking for a pleasurable natural birthing experience, it might be worth it to read up on the Bradley method:
The Husband-Coached Childbirth
Natural Childbirth, The Bradley Way
Post # 9
@Mrs.Spring – I will have to check that out!
Post # 10
I had all three of my kids naturally and will aim for that this time, as well. Orgasmic, or pleasurable, is not a word I would choose, that’s for damn sure. I’ll have to check out some of these links, even though my first reaction is skepticism.
Post # 11
Please do check it out! I’m thinkin it’s a valid thing… there is a whole documentary out there on it with real women doin’ their thing!
Post # 12
I’m planning (for when we do decide to have our beh-beh) on having a natural birth. I don’t like the ideas of c-sections and pain medication, so I’ve been scouting for a nurse-midwife to help me. I think I’ve already decided that I do not want a doula, simply because I would rather have a close friend/FI/family member to coach me. We’ll just have to see though.
Post # 13
If I ever have a kid, I’m not going to be able to get an epidural so I might have to look into this so I don’t die of pain.
Post # 14
I just copy & pasted that link for Mrs. Avacado’s blog…and it sent me to a “wife swapping” website…Any idea if there was just a typo on that. LOL
**Edit**….i just tried thatwife.blogspot.com…that worked!
Post # 15
@JsDragonfly: It’s thatwifeblog.com 🙂
Post # 16
@JsDragonfly: I think this is the correct link: http://thatwifeblog.com/