Ina May Gaskin talks about your cervix as a sphincter that opens with privacy and relaxation. Birthology recently quoted Ina May and also added a short video of her speaking about the benefits of kissing during labor and the benefits of privacy for your cervical sphincter. A woman’s cervix should be respected. The more privacy and relaxation a woman is given, the easier and more painless her birth can be.
During labor, we doulas often gently remind a mother to relax her jaw and open her mouth. Birth is about her opening her body to ease her baby out.