How can we engage with our bodies, be embodied, and experience birth in a more empowered way?

In this episode, Dr. Aviva Romm discusses embodied birth as the new epidural and how it can be a beneficial option for some women. She shares her insights about birth as a sexual experience and the importance of the feeling whole and connected in our bodies during this experience. Dr. Aviva breaks down different options for childbirth and the importance of honoring all choices when it comes to birthing. Listen and enjoy!

Dr. Aviva Romm is a midwife, herbalist, and Yale-trained MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine with Obstetrics. A practitioner, teacher, activist, and advocate of both environmental health and women’s reproductive rights and health, she has been bridging the best of traditional medicine, total health ecology, and good science for over three decades. She’s a long-time home birth pioneer and birth activist. Her company’s philanthropic arm, DharmaMoms, provides funding for organizations working toward reproductive justice and birth equity in high-risk obstetric communities. 


In this episode:

  • Check out to Positively Prepeare for Birth! 
  • Birth as a sexual experience and how to have a more empowered birth
  • Why it is important to enjoy your pregnant self and figure out what brings you pleasure
  • Dr. Aviva discloses great tips to connect with your sexuality and birth


Key Takeaways:

  • When you get more embodied with the birth experience, it can provide tremendous relief from discomfort and reframe discomfort as power
  • It’s essential to discover what you like and what works for you sexually before you’re pregnant. If you have the opportunity, figure that out with your partner
  • Be aware of the words that are safe and not safe for survivors of sexual trauma during labor
  • You can use physical intimacy and sexual pleasure as a way to increase oxytocin, contractions, ease, comfort, and pelvic relaxation
  • Creating intimate space can help with pain relief and facilitate a smooth birth

Tweetable Quotes:

“Enjoy your body sexually to the extent that you feel physically comfortable.” – Dr. Aviva Romm

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