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“Pregnancy and childbirth can be an empowering experience for women. Unfortunately the models of care currently available in many parts of the world is disempowering women, overusing interventions (such as epidurals, caesarean-sections, oxytocin drips, and episiotomy) and transforming a physiological event in a biomedical procedure. Orgasmic Birth reminds us of the glory of women’s bodies, capable of metamorphosing in the journey into motherhood. Watching this film helps us re-think our role as maternity care providers and ‘gate-keepers’ of a ‘good’ birth. The sexual nature of childbirth is unexplored territory and a taboo for many of us but the film portrays beautifully what normal birth is about, through women's intimate stories and experiences of having orgasmic births, and how we can re-examine what we think we know about the act of giving birth. Working as an obstetrician and researcher, being a mother and a women’s health and rights activist, I feel this is a powerful documentary that can help create awareness of the power and possibility that birth can bring for women around the globe.”
Maria Helena Bastos, MD, MSc, Obstetrician and Researcher in Midwifery and Women’s Health
By Mary Esther Malloy
Mary Esther's Midwife, Valeriana Pasqua Masback, is one of the featured Midwives in the Orgasmic Birth movie. Thank you Mary Esther for sharing your writing here on Orgasmic Birth!
"The body is not able to handle pain and pleasure at once."
I woke up at 5:00am that morning thinking, "Here we go again, another false alarm." I had been having prodromal labor for a few weeks at this point and was getting frustrated and emotional by it. I just wanted things to be real already! I got up and went to the bathroom. Things felt a little differently from what I had been feeling over the past few weeks but I wasn’t going to put any merit to it yet. I went back to bed but couldn’t get comfortable so I decided to take a bath. The feeling didn't go away. In fact, it became more wonderfully intense.
I felt so sexual during my pregnancy. My husband worshiped my body and loved my new curves. It was such a turn on for both of us to know our love had made a new life inside of me.
As soon as we found out I was pregnant we began inducing lactation. It felt so good to have him at my breast. We also engaged in a lot of intercourse with internal ejaculation to soften my cervix.
Debra Pascali Bonaro is the director of Orgasmic Birth and co-author of the book Orgasmic Birth, Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth Experience. Debra helps birth pros and new families all over the world learn about the details of gentle birth. Visit www.debrapascalibonaro.com to join in a webinar, attend a destination workshop and learn more about natural childbirth.
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