Thursday, December 11, 2008

Orgasm:“The physical touch and nurturing was just really comforting to me

drawing by marguerita
What would happen if women were taught to enjoy birth rather than endure it?
The title certainly catches attention, referring to what Pascali-Bonaro calls “the best kept secret”
of child birth –
that some women report having an orgasm
as the baby exits the birth canal.
“It was happening,
and I could hardly breathe, and it was like,
‘oh, that feels good.’ That’s all I could say really.”Christine Northrup, an OB-GYN and author of “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” explains in the film that orgasms during labor are the results of chemistry and anatomy:
“When the baby’s coming down the birth canal, remember, it’s going through the exact same positions as something going in, the penis going into the vagina, to cause an orgasm.
And labor itself is associated with a huge hormonal change in the body, way more prolactin, way more oxytocin, way more beta-endorphins — these are the molecules of ecstasy.”

Orgasms During Childbirth? - Motherlode Blog -

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