Film festival will explore various birthing methods

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Piper and Chaz Lovemore, of Augusta, sit with son, Che Pax, 2. A midwife helped deliver the boy.

The title, Orgasmic Birth , might raise a few eyebrows, but for Augusta resident Piper Lovemore, one of the seven mothers featured in the documentary, it's about raising birthing options awareness for women.

The Better Augusta Birth Experience (BABE) is holding a film festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 3501 Walton Way Extension, with birthing videos shown all day before Orgasmic Birth 's showing at 8 p.m. Discussions are planned to follow about different options for the birth experience.

Ms. Lovemore said one of the reasons she got involved with the film was because she wanted to educate and replace fear and mystery with positive images of birth.

"My personal interest in the film was to unify the community of women I know is out there," she said.

Her son, Che Pax, was born in Pennsylvania with the help of a midwife, partner Chaz and no medication.

She says oxytocin, a hormone created in a loving setting, is also created in high levels during pregnancy. With the help and support of Mr. Lovemore, she concentrated on a trance-like state during the labor and birth. Mr. Lovemore said he was able to play a big role in Che Pax's birth and build a connection. He urges fathers to take an active role in the process.

After the birth, both Ms. Lovemore and the baby were in a perfect setting: alert, with no dilution of the oxytocin, she said.

Ms. Lovemore is eight months pregnant with a second child, and will deliver at home, the same way she delivered Che Pax.

"It's a process that's flawlessly designed," she said.

She chose an orgasmic birth method. The technique includes kissing and touching.

"So the baby is born into a bubble of love," she said. "The same energy that was used to get the baby in will get the baby out."

Dr. John Lue, the assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical College of Georgia, said he doesn't think the technique is a bad thing.

"Today we're about evidence-based medicine," he said.

MCG has seen a rise in Cesarean section births consistent with a national increase, Dr. Lue said.

"There's a little less tolerance for babies who are not doing well," he said.

Women also are scheduling induced births out of convenience, he said.

He thinks the BABE event is positive.

"It takes more than one person to help in this birth experience," Dr. Lue said.

He has trained midwives, and although MCG no longer has a midwifery program, natural childbirth is a good option for healthy mothers and babies, Dr. Lue said.

He said the physician's role should be to step in when there are complications.

"If you do have that problem, you have to address it," he said.

Some women who are at risk for complications are mothers younger than 18 or older than 35-40.

Ms. Lovemore and Dr. Lue stress that education is important for expecting mothers.

Reach Sarah Day Owen at (706) 823-3223 or sarah.owen@augustachronicle.com.

BABE FILM FESTIVAL

WHAT: Birthing videos and discussions about different options for the birth experience are planned to follow.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; Orgasmic Birth will be shown at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Church, 3501 Walton Way Extension
TICKETS: visit www.betteraugustabirthexperience.org, or call (706) 833-5101. Tickets will be available on the day of the film festival if not sold out in advance.