In the introduction speech to Ecstatic Birth Training Sessions
, Sheila Kamara Hay says "An ecstatic birth is a childbirth experience that is full of ecstasy. Ecstasy is a feeling of overwhelming bliss, overwhelming pleasure, and it has a lot of different components to it: it can be physical ecstasy, physical pleasure; it can be mental, it can be spiritual as well. So, emotional, mental, spiritual, physical, all of these different components are part of ecstasy. An ecstatic birth can be any or all of these."
In the rest of the speech, we can find more details about what Ecstatic birth is and what it is not. Ecstatic birth is not necessarily an easy birth, although it may be easy. Ecstatic birth may be painful and may be painless. It may include sexual pleasure and orgasms and may not include it. Ecstatic childbirth is a fairly broad concept that includes a fairly wide range of scenarios in childbirth. It even includes a cesarean delivery. Yes, a cesarean can also be ecstatic if approached with the right attitude.
Ecstatic birth is the most natural thing that may happen to a woman when she and her birth team treat the nature of the bodily processes and birthing woman's sexuality with respect. While having all of it in mind, it is important to remember that total euphoria from birth and beautiful birth full of pleasure is ideal. It is an ideal for inspiration, and not a standard to be judged upon, because in birth like in any area of life even the best plans may fall apart.
At the same time, Ecstatic birth to a large extent is primarily determined by our ability to see it as ecstatic. And the difference between a traumatic experience and an ecstatic experience may simply be in how you react to it and how you perceive it. Ecstasy is present in every difficult life experience: the only question is whether you can find it or will remain a victim of your circumstances.
You can learn more about how to create Ecstatic Birth experience from a lecture of Sheila Kamara Hay below: