Best Kept Secret? Orgasmic Birth
"There are a lot more women than you might think that have experienced a birth who would use words like pleasure, ecstasy, bliss."
Pascali-Bonaro has been a childbirth educator for 25 years. She says current medical practices don't make child birth as pleasurable as it can be. She wants women to know there are options that don't include epidurals or C-sections. Pascali-Bonaro says warm water, dim lighting and privacy can make a big difference.
"The same energy, the kind of hormones that are responsible for sexual pleasure for women are actually the same hormones that help a woman to have an easier birth."
Laureen Hudson says her first birth, in a hospital, was terrible.
"I would say it was grossly over medicated, over managed and completely mangled."
Hudson says the next two, including nine month old Aurora Miranda, were born at home without medication.
"I would describe my first as horrific, and I would describe my third birth as really empowering, while it was not orgasmic, it's definitely an ideal that a lot of women can attain pretty easily."
Orgasmic birth is one of many topics being discussed this weekend at the Controversies in Childbirth Conference in Fort Worth. Pascali-Bonaro says that in a small Tennessee town, more than 20 percent of the women who had an un-medicated birth also had an orgasmic birth. Pascali-Bonaro says that for many, it was a pleasant surprise.
"There are women that experience this birth orgasm and they had no idea it could happen."