Doulas LOVE sex!!!
I won’t lie, my livelihood depends on you and your partner keeping the magic alive….but the truth of the matter is YOU having sex benefits all of us!
What got you into this mess can get you out! One of the most important hormones needed to fuel contractions, Oxytocin, is also known as the love hormone. It is released in large amounts during orgasm and is needed to facilitate effective and efficient contractions during labor. It sure is interesting that the hormone that gives us so much pleasure is also the power behind the contractions we feel in childbirth. Oxytocin is also responsible for bonding and attachment. It is thought that the more sex a couple has, the deeper the connection. When a baby is born oxytocin is what insures that a mom and a baby will form a strong bond. It also is behind the reason a mothers breast will immediately start leaking as soon as her baby begins to cry.Nipple stimulation is another way to release oxytocin. Using a breast pump for nipple stimulation may help to bring on contractions. However, being in love with whatever (or whoever) is stimulating your breasts will make the process more enjoyable and the release of hormones that much greater. Clitoral stimulation is the absolute best and most effective way to get this show on the road! This is a great way for moms who suffer from SPD, sciatica, or other issues that make intercourse painful; to still receive the benefits of the love hormone....Clitoral stimulation can be done all by yourself if your significant other is working, unavailable, or just not in the mood.
Pitocin, is the man made version of Oxytocin. Think about it, would you rather get an IV of Pitocin or have a nice, relaxing orgasm to bring on your baby…..
Prostaglandin is found in semen. Prostaglandin helps to soften and efface the cervix. A mother needs her cervix, or the opening to her uterus, to ripen to allow for dilation. So the more sex you have, the more oxytocin, the more contractions and the quicker and, potentially, easier time you will have getting your baby out …… Oh, and the more sex you have the longer your doula will be able to stay in business doing the work she LOVES!