A new documentary says a non-medicated labor delivers the ultimate push present -- an orgasm.
Moms-to-be who endure a 14-hour plus non-medicated labor might get themselves a nice reward -- the ultimate push present: an orgasm. So say the followers of the orgasmic birth movement, who claim childbirth can be a sensual and erotic experience if we'd just lay back and enjoy it. Is this just one more way to keep score? Women who brag about giving birth naturally can now be one upped by those who forego drugs AND get a mind-blowing orgasm in the deal?
Sorry, sex was the last thing on our minds during labor. Pooping was flashing through our brains -- not making out with our partner during labor to intensify the orgasmic experience (as orgasmic birth pioneer midwife Ina May Gaskin suggests). We were definitely considering strangling him for being partially responsible for having to push something the size of a watermelon out of our vag -- but that's about it. And frankly, the thought of doing a "When Harry Met Sally" in the delivery room makes us kind of cringe.
However, some women claim they literally got off on childbirth:
"I feel the baby come down. The sensation is ecstatic. I am building up to the birth climax after nine months of pleasurable foreplay. With one push, the babe is in the canal ... he comes and so do I."
"The sensation of my daughter's body sliding out of my vagina was orgasmic. I still shudder when I think of how pleasurable that was."
"I started pushing while Michael supported me as I squatted. Immediately, after one vigorous push, I felt Damian coming down. A tremendous excitement filled the kitchen [EDITOR'S NOTE: The kitchen??!!] and Michael and I seemed to merge as our eyes met. It was as if we had become one again as we did in a genital embrace."
Who ARE these women? Well, now you can meet them in a recent documentary entitled "Orgasmic Childbirth," debuting tonight on "20/20." The movie features woman breathlessly telling us how much they enjoy a really, really, really good push.
Check out the trailer: