The Effect of Lovemaking on the Progress of Labor

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Publication Date: 
03/1993
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11
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231
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Abstract: 

Many commentators have remarked that birth is a sexual experience, namely Niles Newton, Ph.D., Lewis E. Mehl, M.D., Michel Odent, M.D., N. Kalichman, M.D., Thomas Verny, M.D. and others. Thousands of young couples, too, have made the same discovery and have used their innate, sexual endowments during the conjugal act of birth in the dimly-lit seclusion of their bedrooms with delight and distinction. Passionate kisses, nipple stimulation (oral as well as manual), perineal massage and support, clitoral stimulation, and coitus early in labor which provides seminal fluid rich in relaxin (the hormone responsible for "extraordinary separation" of the pubic bones as well as softening the cervix) constitute the means for achieving the desired end. Looking carefully, one can find support for many of these natural birth facilitators in the medical literature.

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37. See footnote 6.

Marilyn A. Moran is the author of Birth and the Dialogue of Love and editor of Happy Birth Days, a collection of 50 do-it-yourself homebirth accounts. Her youngest child was born at home with just her husband, by design, 20 years ago. For 14 years she edited a newsletter for homebirth couples (The New Nativity) promoting intimate, husband/wife birthing in the dimly-lit seclusion of the bedroom. A total of 244 accounts of such births appeared in it. She is currently working on a new book tentatively entitled The Birth Orgasm in an Intimate Husband/Wife Way: The Real Consummation of Married Love. Address correspondence to the author at The New Nativity, P.O. Box 6223, Leawood, KS 66206.