Yes! When a birthing mama feels loved, supported and respected, she is free to birth in her own power and experience pleasure in birth.
Given the intense pressure and sensation in the vagina as birth approaches coupled with the release of the love hormone oxytocin and endorphins - a pleasurable birth or "birthgasm" is very possible. In her book "Ecstatic Birth - The Hormonal Blueprint of Labor" Dr. Sarah Buckley writes "such high levels of beta endorphins help the laboring woman to transmute pain and enter the altered state of consciousness that characterizes an undisturbed birth"
Helpful hints for a pleasurable birth
Keep oxytocin flowing through partner support - massage, hand holding and encouraging words
Get in your zone through dancing, movement, music and vocal toning to release endorphins
Dim the lights, diffuse a calm fragrance like lavender and set a beautiful ambience
Masturbate between contractions to stimulate further release of oxytocin to bring on contractions
Ride the waves of labour with your breath and be in sync with your beautiful amazing body