Ask most women about their birthing stories, and sexual pleasure doesn't come into play. Childbirth is messy, painful , and decidedly unsexy. So when Angela Gallo, a Melbourne-based doula and birth photographer, wrote a blog post extolling the benefits of touching herself during labor, the reactions were pretty predictable: Tabloid articles soon proliferated, followed by shocked and appalled commenters. Gallo, for her part, said she's just grateful to have delivered her second child on her own terms—and touching herself was just one piece of the puzzle.
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Her contribution to our understanding of childbirth has been, and continues to be, unique. Women are fed into the hospital system at one end, are processed through it, and come out at the other with a baby. Spontaneous feelings are rejected, as women in labour are required to put on a performance in an alien environment, often in front of total strangers. Kitzinger offers a completely different paradigm. This kind of birth-giving creates a special moment for the first meeting of mother and baby. But if birth can be so wonderful, why do so many women have births that are painful, terrifying and humiliating? Now come on, you can do better than that.
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When Elena Skoko gave birth to her daughter three years ago, she felt pain. But she also felt something else: waves of pleasure so ecstatic they compared to an orgasm. Though childbirth is frequently spoken of in terms of pain and punishment, some women do experience what are known as orgasmic or ecstatic births. A new survey, available online May 3 in the journal Sexologies, finds that midwives report witnessing orgasms in about 0.
There is good reason to believe that a few women — though no one is sure how many — experience orgasm during labor or delivery. The last thing women might expect is to feel something so good while experiencing in the midst of labor; in turn, those who do may feel embarrassed and even ashamed and might decide not to share her experience with anyone, including their partners. Those are all understandable feelings that also make it much harder to get an accurate idea of how often orgasm during childbirth actually happens. You probably already know that pregnancy is all about hormones — in particular, estrogen, progesterone and HCG human chorionic gonadotropin. Hormones are also essential to childbirth and to sexuality.