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An Orgasm During Childbirth? Some Women Say Yes!

When women describe childbirth they use words like painful, excruciating and unbearable – never pleasurable and euphoric…

But Amber Hartnell of Hawaii says her birth experience was different. The mom of 2 says she experienced an orgasm during labor when she gave birth to her son in September 2005.

“All of a sudden the orgasm just started rolling through and rolling through, and it just kept coming, and my whole body was spiraling and rolling, and I was laughing and crying,” she said.

Amber’s husband was amazed – and also relieved – to see his wife experience such pleasure.

“It made me feel like everything was gonna be all right,” he said. “The experience didn’t have to be a traumatic, painful experience. It could be an experience of ecstatic joy.”

The couple even allowed the birth of her second child to be filmed as part of a documentary titled “Orgasmic Birth.”

Debra Pascali-Bonaro, a childbirth educator for 26 years says,

“It is, as we say, the best-kept secret. I believe by women having such terrible fear. … Women aren’t getting the choices they need, to make the experience as easy as possible.”

The secret? Intimacy. Another couple, who also experienced the same thing spent much of their labor kissing and caressing.

“The physical touch and the nurturing was just really comforting to me,” Tamra Larter said, adding that she ultimately experienced an orgasmic birth. “It was happening, and I could hardly breathe, and it was like, ‘oh, that feels good.’ That’s all I could say really.”

Dr. Christiane Northrup, a board-certified OB-GYN said orgasms during labor are caused by basic science.

“When the baby’s coming down the birth canal, remember, it’s going through the exact same positions as something going in, the penis going into the vagina, to cause an orgasm,” Northrup said. “And labor itself is associated with a huge hormonal change in the body, way more prolactin, way more oxytocin, way more beta-endorphins — these are the molecules of ecstasy.”

Number 2 is coming in a couple of weeks – sign me up!

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Lisa Arneill

Mom of 2 boys and founder of and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

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