I haven’t interviewed people who work within western medical establishments to this point primarily because the podcast was started to help me gain and share more wisdom from experts that align with my own worldviews around healthcare.  These are based around preventative medicine, personal responsibility, the healing power of nature, plants and community care. 

I generally avoid western medical practitioners as much as possible and have managed my own healthcare including recovery from anxiety, depression, bipolar and leaky gut over the last 10 years through my own research and application of alternative medicine.

My journey and research (which is presented as the podcast) has been primarily focused around sharing story based wisdom of North American mothers who utilize eastern medicines (Ayurveda, Dao arts, Traditional Chinese Medicine, etc)

There are lots of podcasts out there that talk to medical establishments for birth advice.  Less that focus on homebirth, orgasmic birth or the spiritual journey that reclaiming our sovereign power in birth is.  That’s where my passions lay, so that’s where I connect with interviewees.

Yet next month I’m going to be interviewing a Labour and Delivery Nurse who is married to an OB!

We have had a good chat via email ahead of time and we both agree to push ourselves to open our mindsets a little bit more and try and find a place where we can meet and provide valuable information to others.

I hope I come out of it with more compassion/understanding of the western medical mindset.

I first came to orgasmic birth through research about physiological birth.

It was then that I realized that the natural hormones of birth endorphins, DMT and oxytocin were all present and part of creating that fabled “hour afterglow” of bonding and love that so many mothers (myself included) have distrupted by medical birth. 

I now like to call the successful achievement of that afterglow a Joygasmic moment of birth.

Talking to Debra Pascali-Bonoro helped me realize that orgasmic birth is a whole spectrum, from any moment of pleasure in birth to the famed birth orgasm.

I then realized that (just like sex) seeking after an orgasm in birth is likely not the best way to get there. 

I’ve looked to the surrender of hypnobirthing to the waves of surges, the stories of mothers who have had painful births, then processed their trauma (and past sexual trauma) and gone on to have beautiful births, and drawn the conclusion that trauma stored in the body and unprocessed leads to some of the pain in birth. 

In focusing on sharing stories about orgamic birth I like to think I am breaking the box of painful birth mythos.  Many women are only seeking a pain free birth and are missing the very beautiful biological fact that birth is meant to be a pleasurable transcendent marathon of love.

Are you kidding me? Birth HURTS!

Having given birth to my son vaginally I know the intensity of birth and had a hard time conceptualizing that those sensations could be seen as pleasurable untill I heard Amber Hartnel’s story about having learned to transmute pain into pleasure as she was beaten as a young child. I could see how this then naturally translated into her famous and giggly orgasmic birth video.

Like great intimacy, sometimes birth requires us to sob, ask for help and brings us to our knees. That doesn’t mean it can’t also be pleasurable at other moments, and to ignore one or the other is to deny the totality that is birth.