Mamas on Bedrest: Could you have an Orgasmic Birth?

February 27th, 2013

Hello Mamas!

Our bookclub read for March is Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth Experience.

Orgasmic Birth book-coverAs Mamas on Bedrest, many of you may be undergoing very “medical” pregnancies and births. Several of you have recounted to me individually and to the community on Facebook that you feel like you are missing out on the pregnancy experience. You are not out and about having people asking you how you are doing, making that extra effort to help you out or offering you that unsolicited advice. Because you encountered a complication during your pregnancy, you may have had more than the routine number of ultrasounds, fetal heart monitoring, Non-stress tests and other medical procedures.

Pregnancy is supposed to be a natural occurrence. Women throughout time have given birth. The Orgasmic Birth movement is about women reclaiming their birth experiences from the hyper medicalized model that we have today. According to proponents, “childbirth is a natural process to be enjoyed and cherished.” 

Is that possible for a Mama on Bedrest? Can we, despite our complications and rocky road to motherhood have a “natural childbirth” and experience all of the joys and exuberance of childbirth? According to authors Debra Pascali-Bonaro, the producer of the film by the same name and author Elizabeth Davis, this is indeed the case. They lay out their case for natural birth in this book, as well as provide tools and guidance so that women can design a birth plan that is best for them.

I have not read this book, and I am anxious to see for myself what the Orgasmic Birth Movement is all about. As always, we’ll review the book the third week of the month. Happy reading and I’ll look forward to your comments.

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