Giving birth is often associated with pain and fear, but many women have come forward in the last several years to share their orgasmic birth stories.
Fear of childbirth appears to be on the rise, according to studies like Greater Expectations, which found that over a 13-year period there was a massive increase in women reporting feeling “out of control”, “detached”, “helpless” or “powerless” in birth. But a survey by Positive Birth Movement and YouTube community Channel Mum discovered that a quarter of the 2 200 women surveyed “loved” giving birth. 67% described their labour as a “very positive experience” and, even more surprising, 6% said that they had an orgasmic birth!
The survey doesn’t stand alone. In a French study conducted in 2013, midwives reported 668 cases of women reporting orgasmic sensations in childbirth and another 868 demonstrating signs of pleasure.
Orgasmic birth explained
In the book Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth Experience, Elizabeth Davis and Debra Pascali Bonaro define orgasmic birth as “broad enough to include those who describe birth as ecstatic and specific enough to give voice, to those who actually feel the contractions of orgasm and climax at the moment of delivery”. So though a small percentage of women may experience an orgasm during birth, many associate their labour with positivity and pleasure, and hence, call it orgasmic.
A mom shares her story
Shalome Doran, from Melbourne, Australia, experienced an orgasmic birth or “birthgasm” with her third baby. She says she had an intensely pleasurable birth in which every fibre of her being was engaged and pulsing. She describes the experience as the most incredible rush, more sensual than sexual. She says the sounds discharged from her body were “orgasmic”.