An ‘O’ So Pleasurable Birth

If conception feels good, why not childbirth?

If we can make a baby in bliss and ecstacy, why not birth a baby likewise?

God is pro pleasure. The word ‘Eden’ (as in God’s starting place for humanity) literally means pleasure!

Birth is a peak experience—full of wonder, ecstasy and awe (Privette, 2001). Like an orgasm or an intense spiritual encounter, peak experiences are those moments where you feel like you’re touching infinity.

But wait, isn’t childbirth a horrible, scary and painful process that we must endure with great sorrow… like going to the dentist without local anaesthetic?

I’ve come to believe it’s not accurate or useful to call childbirth a painful experience. Scripture paints another picture! As sons and daughters, we’ve been invited into a higher reality (2 Corinthians 5:17). A new hope (1 Peter 1:3). A reality where we’re sōzō—whole, healed and well (Romans 10:14).

In fact, God has thoughts, imaginations and plans for us that are for our ABUNDANT good (Jeremiah 29:11). He desires for our safety, peace, favour, welfare, good health—and He opposes anything that would bring us adversity, harm, hurt or trouble (Jeremiah 29:11).

Not only that, but we’re wired for pleasure. Pleasure is holy, just as we are holy (Titus 1:15). The Psalmist, King David, wrote, at the Father’s right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11) and in His presence is fullness of joy, gladness and pleasure!

Many women have short, easy and uncomplicated births. We share these types of birth stories on the ORIGINAL DESIGN Podcast, and you can read countless online.

Lorre & Scaer (1992) describe birth as offering pleasure on a continuum from pleasant sensations, felt while your uterus rhythmically contracts in early labor if you’re relaxed and feeling secure, to an intense birth climax.

So…if the love of God surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3:19). And He made us and we’re holy and pure (Titus 1:15). And pleasure, including sexual pleasure, is good (Proverbs 5:18-19). And it’s not His desire for us to be in pain (Isaiah 63:9). And He can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).

Then, why not believe for an ecstatic birth FILLED with pleasure?

I know I am.