It's safe to say that child birth is a painful and challenging experience for most women, so much that they can be left traumatized by it. But a woman in Canada claimed that she actually had a "pleasurable" experience when she gave birth to her child and didn’t want it to end.
In a report by the Southwest News Service carried by The New York Post, 36-year-old mom Hanna Faustino said that she experienced a feeling similar to "climaxing" while giving birth to her daughter, Kaiya, making her labor process "pleasurable" and "painless".
"During birth, I surrendered my mind to my body, and I had similar sensations to an orgasm. It was really natural to push, and the contractions didn’t feel as painful. I had this fullness, and I didn’t want the feeling to stop," Faustino said.
It was not the first time that she had given birth as she welcomed her son, River, nine years ago. However, the difference is that the labor process she experienced at the time was long and agonizing.
"It was harder than a marathon and I’ve run many," Faustino described.
She said that when she learned that she was expecting a second child, she didn't want go through the same painful experience again. And so, she contacted birth coach Jannine Markou to help her through her famous prenatal yoga classes.
Health information site WebMD explained that prenatal yoga is a type of yoga for pregnant women, wherein they practice breathing techniques and gentle stretching to prepare for labor.
According to Markou, "If you allow birthing hormones to work for you, then a woman can come into a state of bliss or ‘labor land,’ The pain is then not so intense because the endorphins are flowing and there is no fear."
After finishing her classes with her birth coach, Faustino went into labor with Kaiya in 2015 and recounted that her contractions didn’t feel as painful because she “visualized” that each contraction was a “wave bringing my baby closer to me.”
“It wasn’t the same as an orgasm, but it was a really profound moment and one I’ll never forget. It was a blessing," Faustino said.
In 2018, she went through labor yet again for her third child Terran. While she didn't enter an orgasmic state during this time, the process was still trouble-free and “beautiful.”
"A birth always has surprises. But by working on breathing and trust you can achieve a wonderful birth outlook," Faustino said, thanking Markou for her smooth experience of her second and third child labors.