New Film: Orgasmic Birth

Guest post by Kristen Mucci
Who knew? For those of you thinking of a natural birth, either at home or at a birthing center, you might be interested in this fascinating film. As a childbirth educator in training, I had the pleasure of attending the New York premier last night and was quite surprised at the documentary-style stories. The film is really about the sensual, intimate nature of birth and how it can be reframed from the way it is often viewed today. Christiane Northrup, M.D., obstetrician-gynecologist and New York Times best-selling author explains that on TV shows women come screaming into the ER as if having a baby is a big disaster, and that image stays with viewers. Orgasmic birth depicts a variety of different couples experiencing a birth that is pleasurable, and for a few, even orgasmic.

Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, well-known and respected certified professional midwife and author polled 151 women with varying birth environments (hospitals, birthing centers, home births) and found that a surprising 21 percent actually experienced an orgasm at some point in labor and birth. Northrup says, "It makes neurological sense," explaining that the same pathos are involved in birthing a baby as are in making a baby. So for those of you who have experienced this, don't worry, it's completely normal. And for the rest of you, I know, you think it sounds crazy, I did too-that is until I saw this film.

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