Releasing fear and finding FLOW is a central theme in Birth on the best of days.
Now.. it is an imperative for us ALL.
We are all currently living in an active birthing field as everything around us is in a state of re-birth:
The “normalcy” of our day to day lives
How we relate and interact with other people
Our SYSTEMS.. from the economic to the medical
The environment, the planet we live on
This is the most widespread and powerful birthing field most of us have ever experienced in our lifetimes.
And we must do as we do in the birthing room–Put our attention on our BODIES to:
Actively release FEAR
Integrate our comfort measures,
Consciously bring OXYTOCIN flow into the body.
I can’t think of a more poignant shift to practice right now.
Ooooooo, today I’d like to introduce you to a midwife that was featured in the documentary Orgasmic Birth!
In this Conversation to Transform Birth, Midwife Anne Margolis shares her insights on what it takes to open to pleasure in birth…
Some of these insights will surprise you!
There is something that deeply troubles me about our legacy….
That moment when a baby is born and a mother emerges is magical, sacred.. POWERFUL.. The highest of highs. Right?
On a personal level, for both parents, it is one of the major milestones of life. For the baby, it is literally LIFE itself.
On a global level, this moment ushers in the next generation of humanity.
It is DIVINE- the moment creation is actualized.
The FUTURE is literally being BORN.
A pivotal EXTRAordinary moment on the planet…
and yet our legacy declares that THIS is the moment that we will PUNISH WOMEN FOR THEIR SINS AGAINST MAN.
The power of pleasure in birth is available to EVERY woman that wants it.
Ecstatic Birth is not a far away dream, a shoot for the moon, pie in the sky type of reality.
Every woman that integrates pleasure into her birth preparation inevitably elevates her experience in pregnancy, birth, and motherhood.
I’m a HUGE YES to that!
️Can you imagine what the world would be like if all women entered motherhood vibrant and full of JOY?!?
As birthworkers we know deep in our souls that birth is a sacred and profound rite of passage in a woman’s life complete with the potential for joy, empowerment, transformation and ECSTASY.
However, the reality of what we witness every day from inside and outside the birthing rooms is quite different.
It can be exhausting to hold the vision for the highest version of birth as you know it and support women in a climate that often feels like a direct contrast.
If you are a birthworker passionate to elevate the experience of birth for your clients and the world at large, I’d like to invite you to a unique and complementary online training to support you in your mission:
Pain to PLEASURE: Supporting Women in Ecstatic Birth
As the idea of Ecstatic Birth (and its Orgasmic soul sister) becomes more widespread, demand is rising for practitioners that can support expectant moms in these modalities.
If you have been working as a birth practitioner you have likely witnessed a wide variety of births– ones that make your heart sing and others that may have made your heart ache. You know that there is no way to ensure any specific outcome in birth- that is a co-creation between the mom, the baby and the divine. However, the difference between a birth that feels traumatic as opposed to ecstatic is rarely in the specific details, but in how a birthing mom processes the experience.
Practitioners, you stand at the doorway of this very sacred rite of passage, and you have a magnificent opportunity to elevate the experience of every woman you work with. I’ve put together some of the most essential factors to consider in your prenatal and birth work.
Childbirth can be deeply empowering, pleasurable, ecstatic and even orgasmic.
Yet most women experience the opposite.
There is a HUGE gap between the possibility and the reality.
The gap is not whether or not Ecstatic Births actually exist.
The gap is in how we are raised, our relationships to our bodies, the structures of training and support that exist (or not) for women, the healthcare system, the legal system and so much more.
I see so so many women judging themselves harshly or feeling down in the dumps for not “achieving” this ideal.
That is the heart of the matter right there–
Ecstatic Birth is an IDEAL and ideals are not a measure by which to judge ourselves, but a source of inspiration, elevation.
While bringing the image of the picture perfect birth you have in your mind into reality is incredibly difficult, (when does life ever conform perfectly to our ideals?) elevating your experience of birth is astoundingly simple.
Let me show you what I mean via this fool-proof 3 step strategy:
The day your baby is born is one of the most momentous days of your life. Childbirth can be one of the most transformative ecstatic experiences in a woman’s life.
Unfortunately, that is not the typical experience our society is serving up in labor and delivery. Most women emerge from childbirth in a haze, many of them unconscious victims of trauma (as I was). We accept this because that is what we are taught childbirth is meant to be, culturally, religiously, and societally. If we make the same choices as everyone around us, this is what we will usually get.
To have a different experience, a woman must be willing to make different choices, to prepare with her mind, body and soul in a different direction. Ecstatic Births are not the norm (yet) and so it requires a certain ferocity to forge a different path.
This week on the blog I am excited to introduce you to a very special woman, Dr. Peta Elmer. I met Peta a few years back when she joined me for my sensual expansion study group and then took the leap with me when I launched my first ever Ecstatic Birth Practitioner Training.
Peta practices Chinese medicine in Australia and is as passionate about supporting women in pleasurable birth as I am. She is actively involved in our budding community of Ecstatic Birth practitioners (graduates are invited back into subsequent trainings each year) and consistently brings amazing insights into our work and training.
One of the most remarkable aspects of my Ecstatic Birth Practitioner Training is the unique zones of genius each woman brings forth, building and expanding our collective wisdom around Ecstatic Birth.
(Birthworkers, click here for more info and to join my Ecstatic Birth Practitioner Training beginning June 13th.)
In this blog post, Peta illustrates how the constriction of sexual energy throughout a woman’s life is a root cause of the sensation of pain in birth and shares several suggestions on how to support the flow of Qi for pleasurable birthing.
It is an honor to share her wisdom with you! Enjoy her as I do…