Birth Story of Indira

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Daddy and I were swimming in a lagoon off of Tsoi Lik, when it occurred to me that my bleeding was almost a week late, which never happened. In fact, after almost three and a half years of unsuccessfully trying to conceive, we were near to giving up hope of having a baby. Grandma had come to Papua New Guinea on holiday and the three of us were adventuring in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea’s most remote.

Floating in that magical lagoon, I took deep calming breaths.

I could be pregnant.

I told Papa.

5 Steps for Achieving an Orgasmic Birth

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In my documentary, Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret, Dr. Sarah Buckley says: “Personally I think the most effective form of pain relief for a laboring woman is to have people around her to support her and with whom she feels comfortable and relaxed.If she’s in a state where the hormones are working superbly as they do in an undisturbed birth, the need for pain relief will be very low.”

This is an essential concept in all of my work – the need for privacy, safety, support and encouragement.

If you want to learn how to achieve a pleasurable birth, I have the roadmap for you.

Cliteracy

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Cliteracy
What a wonderful word!
I love the reaction I receive when I say the word clitoris. At our Eat Pray Doula retreats in Bali, Ibu Robin Lim has us all yell clitoris every time we take a group picture.

Yes we count to three and yell “clitoris” and the pictures captured are always amazing – every person shining and laughing. I have brought that tradition to my Birth Day Presence doula workshops in Brooklyn, NY with the same wonderful results.

You can see it now that you look, can’t you? 😂

The benefits and risks of hospital versus home births

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For the last fifty years, women have been told that hospital birth is safer than home birth, despite the research showing that this not true. Obviously, if you or your baby have a problem then having a hospital birth would be a sensible decision. If, however, you and your baby are fit and healthy home birth is as safe as birth in hospital.
Obstetric technology was developed to help women and babies with problems but, throughout the developed world those technologies are over-used, and as a result, many women end up with a cesarean operation to save them from the problems the interventions caused in the first place.

HOW TO HAVE YOUR BIG O BIRTH

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What if birth could be one of the most ecstatic, pleasurable and positive experiences of your life?
Our new ebook will guide you through the ABCs of Orgasmic Birth, how to use pleasure as a tool for birth and a bonus real-life orgasmic birth story.

The Science Behind Doula Support

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Fortunately, the scientific community is finally catching up with what many of us already knew. There has been an overwhelming amount of studies with findings that are backing up the importance of having doula support during labor. These include fewer birth complications, reduced labor time, a decrease in pain levels, a boost in early breastfeeding scores, and positive mother-infant interaction. WeTheParents demonstrate the importance of 17 evidence-based benefits of doula-support.

Hand over your power in birth

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So, what can you do?

Review my ten tips above and think about their importance for you to be able to open to birth. Birth is intimate and requires the same hormones to flow as when we are opening to orgasm. Things that will disturb your intimacy will disturb you when you are laboring and giving birth to your baby, can also make birth longer and more painful. Talk to your partner about your feelings, hire a doula and consider taking our online Pleasurable Birth Labor Essentials class to help you expand your Comfort and Pleasure kit, release your fears, and gain the confidence to create the birth your desire in any location with our tips and secrets to a birth filled with pleasure and love.

Euphoric Natural Homebirth

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At that moment 2 Fire fighters show up to witness my husband catching my daughter and lifting her up for the world to see. Not a drop of blood ended up on my husbands clothes or feet which to me is hilarious and amazing!

The moment I pushed her out was the most euphoric feeling I have ever felt.

Orgasmic Birth Creates Breastfeeding Ease

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Unrecognized by medicine for years, myself and other birth workers were noting that childbirth was a fully integrated mind-body-soul experience, full of hormone release, emotions, and with deeply sacred and physical components. It was apparent that birth was designed to create ease in breastfeeding, bonding and the important attachment of MotherBaby love. Dr. Sarah Buckley’s Hormonal Physiology report was the science to back up all we knew and believed deep down – that a challenging or traumatic birth was creating more difficulties to overcome, often making it harder to breastfeed, increasing risks of depression and adjustment to parenthood.

extended breastfeeding benefits

The larger a child grows the more a mother will be subjected to the judgment of others, and this can push some to give up on breastfeeding earlier than they otherwise would. 

Despite the World Health Organization recommending that breast milk can make up a part of a child’s diet for two years and beyond, it is rare to see Mothers make it past six months in western countries. 

But why?

Mistreatment in Childbirth

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The “Giving Voice to Mothers Study” only further ignites my excitement to be named Co-Chair of the new International Childbirth Initiative (ICI). The International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO) and the Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) have joined forces developing a single global initiative to provide guidance and support for safe and respectful maternity care, building upon their previous work and incorporating the most recent evidence and insights into what constitutes optimal maternal and newborn health. The Initiative is endorsed by leading birth organizations around the world, and includes “12 Steps to Safe and Respectful MotherBaby-Family Maternity Care.”

Orgasms for the win!

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Orgasms for the win! I am honored to be included in Kelly Hoover Greenway’s article this week in Romper recently – “5 Benefits Of Orgasm During Pregnancy You Need To Know About!” “If you haven’t heard the term “orgasmic birth,” … Continued

Birth is birth is birth: All Birth Should be Celebrated

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On Sunday, February 11th I woke up feeling a little strange. Nonetheless, as mom’s do- I got ready and my family and I left for the 9:30am service at Orchard Hill Church in Wexford, PA. I was a bit nauseous during the service, and remember stepping out into the lobby for some air. When we returned home, I took this adorable photo of my son, which would become the last picture I took of him as an only child! He was SO excited to become a big brother, and took practicing very seriously.

Beautiful Work Challenge

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The Beautiful Work Challenge: On Birth
What are the essentials of birth? Who broke maternity care? Is transformation possible? Empowerment, disempowerment, the health of babies & society all begin at birth. Have you thought about these questions? I am honored to be a part along with many of my mentors, colleagues and friends in this powerful discussion in The Beautiful Work Challenge: On Birth–a new podcast.

Creating Space for Sexy Birth

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Creating Space for a Sexy Birth
with Debra Pascali-Bonaro and Amy L. Gilliland, Ph.D., BDT(DONA)
Amy Gilliland joined me for a sexy webinar all about pleasure and birth in any setting.

We share:

Creating comfortable space for your sexuality in birth (even in the hospital)
The role of a doula and partner for your sexy birth
How sexual beliefs, perception and trauma can get in the way of a pleasurable birth
“Great info!! Thank you. Loved the rule of 3, Friendliness hormone, and the fact that pleasure and safety go together. Looking forward to more of these webinars, Amy and Debra!!!”

6 Tips for a Loving, Pleasure-filled birth

Red Miller joined me for a pleasure filled, orgasmic webinar. It’s filled with so many amazing tips for finding your own pleasure in birth and life.

We share:
-Preparing for a Pleasurable Birth
-How to Claim your Power Instead of Giving it Away
-Orgasmic Birth is more than Orgasm
-Self-Love Practices Every Pregnant Mamma Needs
-The most loving way to address an intervention
-What do your throat and your vagina have in common?​​​​​​​

A Midwife’s Gentle Support of a Long Labor and Cesarean Birth

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Today I have a very special reason to thank and celebrate Midwife, Lonnie Morris for not only being my midwife 30 years ago at her birth center in New Jersey, but as a dear friend, colleague and most recently for caring for my daughter Megan and helping to welcome my 4th grandson Jordan into the world!Lonnie and I have had the opportunity to attend many births together – friends, family and clients and most recently for my daughter too.  It is so special when you can trust your children’s birth to the wise loving hands of a midwife you have know since my own births.

Tips for Birth Partners

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10 Years ago, we introduced you to Piper and Chaz as they welcomed their baby in our film, Orgasmic Birth. Since then, they have gone on to have 5 more babies, move to Hawaii, are unschooling their children, and are on a mission to support parents in their journeys to become parents.
Together they are Lovemore Lamaze, teaching Lamaze Childbirth Classes to expectant parents. Piper also serves families as a birth doula, midwife, and freebirthing consultant. Chaz shares his wisdom counseling partners in addressing their own fears and finding their intuition.
In our latest webinar, Piper and Chaz (along with cameos from the Lovemore pack), share their top tips for Communication and preparing for birth as partners. As Piper said “Birth is a grand foreshadowing of the tools you’ll need as a parent. So the less obstruction there is in downloading that information that is trying to come through, perhaps the more ease you’ll have in growing and expanding into parenthood.”

Who’s throwing Black Women in the River?

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Gabriella A. Nelson shares “”City planners were no innocent bystanders in the abusive history of Black women’s bodies… Evidence indicates that housing instability is associated with low and very low birth weights, preterm delivery, infants that are small for their gestational age, and maternal and infant mortality.”

A CBAC Story and Practice of Acceptance

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I gave myself to the process of birth. I trusted it unconditionally. I let go in every way that I could. I completely and entirely surrendered to my body and to the universe. I spent the years after my first cesarean truly soul-searching and working very hard on myself, to heal, to be at peace with my first birth story and most importantly to relinquish the concept of control. This took years of spiritual practice and yoga. When I got pregnant this time around, I felt empowered, peaceful and relaxed. I had no fear, no tension and no anxiety. I finally understood the connection amongst mind, body and soul, as it relates to pregnancy and birthing.

A Homebirth Midwives View of Hormones

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Birth is controlled by the natural flow of our hormones. It’s a perfectly orchestrated process for MotherBaby. As Valeriana says in our webinar below “it’s a perfectly choreographed dance with no dress rehearsal.”Watch our special webinar below and learn:Valeriana’s Top 6 books to read in pregnancyWhat’s a birth alter and why would you want to create oneWhy a homebirth supports hormones more than the hospitalWhy the pain of birth is extremely different than an injuryYou too can enjoy the flow of hormones at birth, as one of Valerian’s client’s said “hormones at birth made me feel like I was in an altered state, a lot like a dream. It allowed me to let go and just be with the experience. It took me out of my head, and put me into my body, I knew exactly what to do.”

Homebirth story with daddy catching

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“He saw the baby’s head come out, the baby sliding out and this time he was able to catch the baby! They then put her on my back to get some skin to skin. Daniel loved the experience and thought it was the best birth ever!”​

Bumps and Boobs

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About two and half years into my nursing career, I cared for a woman who changed the trajectory of what birth meant to me. She laughed her way through labor, made out with her husband between contractions, and was supported by her mother. This woman labored during a night shift, so the on-call OBGYN was asleep. It was just this woman, her husband, her mother and I, all working together to bring her baby into the world safely. Wow, what an incredible thing to be a part of! About two weeks after I helped this woman deliver her baby earthside, I applied to a Certified Nurse Midwifery Program. I am so pleased to say that I begin classes this April. As I go forth in my career, I carry the stories of many birthing people who were mistreated, just like my mom. In the United States, where intervention and cesarean rates have skyrocketed, I feel called to leave a positive mark in the birthing community, no matter how small.

An Orgasmic Birth Story

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I know it is hard to believe but YES, I got an ORGASMIC BIRTH! I literally DANCED my baby down! People around me know that I am passionate about birth and pregnancy, and since I found out about orgasmic birth I was preparing myself to get one! I mean, who wouldn’t want to get waves of pleasure instead of waves of pain during childbirth?

Overcoming the fear of birth [video]

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Expanding your sexuality, extreme sports, locking the door and a toothbrush for pleasure…

That’s just a taste of what Julie Bonapace and I chatted about on our webinar! It was so special connecting with my dear friend and together sharing ways to overcome fear and the pain that is created by it – in birth and in life.

The Birth Story of Violet

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It was in that class that I was first introduced to the book Orgasmic Birth.
I remember the whole class snickered at first at the concept that birth could be orgasmic, but I admit my ears perked up. I was already frustrated by how medicalized birth had become in the US but I had been so programmed that birth was painful and dangerous. This was the start of beginning to unlearn, or deprogram from that mindset.

Birth Story: Remembering the exact moment it began

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Like most everyone who’s ever given birth, I remember exactly when it started. It was around 4 am on a cold, winter Wednesday morning. Lying in bed in the darkness, trying to decide if “this” was “it.”

Nothing else existed, and I relished in the moment. In a secret knowing between baby and me, that -for now- was only ours to hold.

Unexpected Benefits of Doula Training

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There is something so special being with Angelika, my host at Elysia Red Tent when we facilitate Doula circles. We are sisters on a journey Singing now as one Remembering the ancient ones The women and the wisdom We are … Continued

A Dream Homebirth Story

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Byron Bay hinterlands – a dream homebirth story 18.9.2013 – The day before my estimated due date. After seeing my friend Priscylla and asking her little darling daughter Lyluna to tell the baby boy in my belly to finally come … Continued

6 Strategies for Safer Birth

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The United States is failing women and infants. Maternal and newborn health outcomes are worse than in other high-income nations, costs are high and many women cannot access safe, evidence-based maternity care that truly reflects their needs and preferences. The … Continued

Pleasure is the Key

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What does a parent need postpartum? Information shared by Dr. Alessandra Bortolotti at a recent Postpartum Doula Workshop To be heard Trust Relationship Relaxation Intimacy: Sensuality – Connection Respect Consideration Protection Nourishment Nurturing To be accepted Rest What does a baby … Continued

MeTooBirth

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It was almost a year ago that I marched on Washington for the Women’s March. What a year it has been since that powerful and transformative day. Since then the #MeToo Campaign began – with women from around the world … Continued

Benefits of Homebirth

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As a doula and film-maker, I’ve had the honor of attending all types of births, in all different locations – hospital, homebirth, and birth center births. Each birth is unique, each mother/father/partner/family, each care provider, each location. While homebirth is … Continued

Show Me Your Cochrane!

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Turning a page for Maternity Care I am pleasantly surprised that we may be FINALLY  turning a page in the her-story of medicalized maternity care. While most fields of medicine base their practices on the latest and best science, maternity care … Continued

Kangaroo Mother Care

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by Mary Esther Malloy, MA Our Species’ Best Medicine for Parenting a Baby Following a Cesarean “Cesareans are good for many reasons,” says Nils Bergman, a South African physician and international promoter of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC). “Yes, if medically … Continued

Evolving into Parents

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Parenthood. It’s a journey, an experience, and an evolution like no other. It changes the way you do, well, everything. From work, food, travel, fun, money, relationships and LIFE. There is an entire new person (or a few!) that needs … Continued

The First Doula: Wendy Freed

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  Interview taken May 28th 2003 Seattle, WA – Penny Simkin’s home [Tweet “Wendy Freed the first “doula” shares how she couldn’t just observe women in labor.”] In 1973, Wendy Freed, an undergraduate student at UC Irving, spent the summer … Continued

Tips for making birth safer

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“Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out. –Karl Augustus Menninger” YES. I really believe this – I believe that fear is mostly created by the unknown. I believe that by educating and empowering yourself, … Continued

Ina May on Fear & Pain in Childbirth

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[Tweet “Instead of crying, yelling or cursing when you stubbed your toe – what if you instead KISSED it? What would happen? @InaMayGaskin”] My dear friend, colleague, and inspirational wise-woman, Ina May Gaskin recently joined me in New Jersey at … Continued

7 weeks and 7 countries…

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As my journey continues… I arrived to Barcelona, Spain after 2 incredible weeks in Japan teaching and sharing about doulas – it was truly special and memorable – but I also fully ready for a holiday! I am often asked how I … Continued

Japan

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More than 2 years ago, my dream of travelling to Japan began when I met Kiyoe, an amazing nurse during a birth doula workshop I was teaching in NYC.  I had always been interested in Japanese culture, enjoyed the food, … Continued

Triumphant HBAC Birth Story

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by Samantha  I should perhaps preface this story with the birth story of my first son.   I was a Labor and Delivery nurse by trade, however my frustration with ‘the system’ led me to teaching.  I teach nursing students … Continued

World Breastfeeding Week 2016

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by Megan Stark What if every woman who wanted to breastfeed was supported in this choice, fully, by her family, peers, community, government, workplace, how different would our world be? World Breastfeeding Week is coming to a close today – and … Continued

An Orgasm a Day

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Enjoying and enhancing your sexuality is an important aspect of your overall health and well-being.  I have been following and learning from Kim Anami – an amazing sex and relationship coach, and was thrilled to meet Kim in person this … Continued

Fiji Midwifery Today

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June 2016 Conference  When I imagine travelling to Fiji, I envision the beautiful images that fill the internet – beaches, boats, scuba diving and snorkeling among coral reefs, colorful fish, manta rays and reef sharks, and the smiling faces of the … Continued

Women’s Rituals

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A documentary about three important passages of women : menstruation, childbirth and menopause Watch the trailer: Love this? Consider supporting the filmmaker and learn more about this awesome project! Learn more  

Orgasmic Birth Daddy

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I recently caught up with Arp Laszlo – a wonderful supportive partner and daddy who was featured in Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret. He has the famous line “For my next birth I would like a much bigger bathroom!” – … Continued

6 Ways to Bond & Get Creative with Baby Prenatally

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As you prepare for childbirth you are probably thinking about how to best care for your baby in the womb and your best options for giving birth so your baby arrives in a safe and pleasurable way. Sometimes we are … Continued

Teaching Patient Experience with Organic Birth in Medical School

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Submitted by: Dr. Amali Lokugamage Sir William Osler’s (1849-1919) Canadian physician and one of the four founding professors of John Hopkins Hospital had a famous quote which resonates with most clinical educators, their learners and, intuitively, patients alike: ‘for the … Continued

Birth Memories: Are you Thriving in Childbirth & Motherhood?

Have you thought about what you want to take with you from your birth into the rest of your life? What birth story do you want to tell your children and grandchildren? Have you wondered how you can create Pleasurable … Continued

7 Insights from Women who Experienced Orgasmic Birth

I believe this year is a turning point in understanding the power, pleasure and ecstasy that is available in childbirth for both MotherBaby. Dr. Sarah Buckley has published her landmark report on the hormones of childbirth, the ways they are … Continued

Dolphin Doula Brings Playful Peace

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Dolphins are another of nature’s treasures that provide me with an opportunity to connect with the magic of the seas. Dolphins intuitively know when women are pregnant and circle around them. I call them the doulas of the sea- they … Continued

Remembering Marsden Wagner, MD

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We were honored to have Marsden Wagner as an Orgasmic Birth expert and thought we’d share with you an excerpt from his transcript, mostly unpublished until now. Marsden began his career in public health as a neonatologist and epidemiologist, firstly … Continued

Childbirth Climax

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Childbirth Climax While in Malaysia this past week speaking about respectful care, I always love the opportunity to open up the topic of pleasure, ecstasy and Orgasmic Birth. It is too often a forgotten aspect of childbirth, or the one … Continued

Orgasmic Birth to screen May 2nd in Switzerland

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Orgasmic Birth to screen May 2nd in Switzerland Naît-sens Présidente : Sarah Duflon writes: Chers amis,  Je vous invite à la projection du fabuleux documentaire “Orgasmic Birth” sur la naissance, dont vous trouverez l’affiche en pièce jointe.    Cette projection est … Continued

Now Become an obirth Affiliate

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Now Become an obirth Affiliate Now it is easy to share the obirth videos and make money- just by sharing them on your website. This is a great opportunity to add content to your website while sharing the message of … Continued

Zero Separation MotherBaby

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Zero Separation MotherBaby As Orgasmic Birth’s Debra Pascali-Bonaro travels all over advocating human rights in childbirth we had some advocacy right in NJ, USA with Dr. Nils Bergman’s Skin-to-Skin, It’s What’s in . . . the Evidence, the Research and … Continued

Orgasmic Birth to screen in Germany

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Orgasmic Birth to screen in Germany              Orgasmic Birth will screen in Germany this June 2012 at a “Birth Day” celebration in Cologne: A Day of Action Around Birth http://www.koelner-geburts-tag.de/ Celebration features programs and lectures … Continued

Quick update from Debra

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Quick update from Debra Be sure to sign up for our newsletter by visiting Global Birth Fair or Orgasmic Birth and following the prompts to “subscribe to” or “sign up for” our newsletter. Here are excerpts from the latest….   … Continued

ABC 20-20

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ABC 20-20 Happy and Healthy New Year to all. A great kick off to 2009 was the airing of the ABC 20-20 segment  January 2, 2009 http://abcnews.go.com/2020 The direct video link is: http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=6569030 We are thankful to ABC, JuJu Chang … Continued

EAT PRAY DOULA – the first days

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The heat rises, the sun grows strong, the energy from within and around grows strong. More stories, More tears, smiles and warm embraces, we open our hearts, share our vision, the doula spirit within grows stronger. We reconnect the circle of … Continued

Human Rights in Childbirth Conference

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Human Rights in Childbirth Conference        To visit the website: http://bynkershoek.eu/activities/bh-research/bhr-reproductive-rights/bhr-human-rights-in-childbirth-conference/   To download the Human Rights in Childbirth Conference Flier in its full form, please click on the file attachment below.   

Orgasmic Birth Screening in Salt Lake City

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Orgasmic Birth Screening in Salt Lake City   Orgasmic Birth will screen on April 6th & May 4th in Salt Lake City, Utah at Moontime Rising’s Women’s Movie Night! Movie nights feature compelling documentaries focusing on women’s health, wellness, and … Continued

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving At this special time of the year, I wanted to take time to reflect on the amazing journey we have had with Orgasmic Birth and to share my gratitude.   From waking with a dream to make a … Continued

Debra in Hungary, July 5-8, 2011

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Debra in Hungary, July 5-8, 2011   DONA approved postpartum doula workshop Debra Pascali-Bonaro, LCCE, CD(DONA) PCD(DONA) Dates: July 5 – 8 2011 Location: Hungary Contact person: Réka Dézsi Email: info@4dbabamozi.hu  

Ecstatic Birth Tele-Summit: The Body Series!!

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Ecstatic Birth Tele-Summit: The Body Series!! We want to share this information about a REMARKABLE upcoming tele-series: The Ecstatic Birth Tele-Summit: The Body Series which kicks off April 20th. Last year, Debra Pascali-Bonaro had the privilege of being a teacher in … Continued

What is so sexy about birth?!?

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What is so sexy about birth?!? Recently, I was telling a friend about Ecstatic birth and my upcoming Ecstatic birth Tele-Summit and I noticed that she had a dubious look on her face. When I questioned her she asked- “So, … Continued

Debra in Bulgaria and Bali

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Debra in Bulgaria and Bali Bulgaria March 19, 2011   I had a very special time in Sophia, Bulgaria!  My hostess was Daniel, an amazing women who is working on many levels to create global awareness about ecology, human connectedness, … Continued

Introducing Dr. Allemann

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Introducing Dr. Allemann My name is Elizabeth Allemann and I’ll be blogging for Debra, describing her travels and advocacy.  I’ll also be adding my own comments about birth.   I’m a Family Physician in central Missouri (midwestern US state).  Over … Continued

A little social media love…

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A little social media love… Hello! I’m so excited to be working with Debra — my name is Kathy Lopez, and I’m going to be helping the Orgasmic Birth team with some wild-n-crazy social media action.  I’m looking forward to … Continued

Pleasure in Birth: Is there a limit?

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Pleasure in Birth: Is there a limit? The upcoming Ecstatic Birth Tele-Summit (http://www.ecstatic-birth.com/ecstaticBirthTele_Summit.html) has been generating a lot of buzz, opening possibilities, and raising questions about the potential of childbirth. The purpose of the course is to raise awareness that … Continued

Finding your tribe

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Finding your tribe  It feels like coming home to my doula tribe as I am reconnecting with many of the founders of DONA International, Penny Simkin, Phyllis Klaus, Marshall Klaus, Annie Kennedy as well as past presidents, doula trainers and … Continued

Orgasmic Birth, The Book: Some Feedback!

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Orgasmic Birth, The Book: Some Feedback! Posted on Facebook:  Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying, and Pleasurable Birth Experience is getting great reviews…but I’d love to hear from any of you that have read it…what do you think?The … Continued

“Orgasmic Birth” book available June 8!

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“Orgasmic Birth” book available June 8! If you loved the Orgasmic Birth movie, then you won’t want to miss the Orgasmic Birth book.  Acclaimed Orgasmic Birth filmmaker Debra Pascali-Bonaro has joined forces with renowned author and activist Elizabeth Davis to … Continued

“Birth Models That Work” review

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“Birth Models That Work” review Jordan Levinson is a graduate student, writer, musician, and aspiring doula. She is completing a Masters in Public Health at New York University with a focus on international community development and maternal mortality reduction. She … Continued

CIMS Mother-Friendly Childbirth Forum 2010

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CIMS Mother-Friendly Childbirth Forum 2010 Deja, Robbie Davis-Floyd, Ricki Lake, Debra Pascali-Bonaro It was an amazing, energizing Mother-Friendly Childbirth Forum in Austin, Texas. It was like walking into a room of who’s who in childbirth in America. Penny Simkin, DONA … Continued

Community Life

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Community Life It has been a very busy and exciting few weeks as I have attended our Long Island, NY, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington and Brooklyn, NY screenings of Orgasmic Birth.  As well as numerous interviews for magazines, radio and … Continued

Debra’s blog

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The Orgasmic Birth Blog New Year, New Vagina from Sex Coach Kim Anami I am so intrigued by Kim’s blog. Having enjoyed Sex and Relationship Coach: Kim Anami’s Unlock Your Pleasure O Birth Webinar, I thought it is time to … Continued

Med Students for Homebirth

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Med Students for Homebirth I thought I would share a recent email I received from Missouri:  I’m so thrilled with Orgasmic Birth and we here in Missouri have had several wildly successful screenings, filled with mainstream people who have left … Continued

Mother’s Rights are Human Rights

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Mother’s Rights are Human Rights Do you know how many women in the United States die every day from pregnancy-related reasons? The answer is shocking: two or more. This rate has actually increased since 1987. A new Amnesty International report, … Continued

My Interview with Deirdre Morris

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My Interview with Deirdre Morris Recently, I had a wonderful opportunity to speak with Deirdre Morris from MagicalBeginningsforBaby.com. Deirdre is a psychologist who now provides Spiritual Life Coaching (Law of Attraction) for couples seeking to enhance their fertility, facilitate a … Continued

One Million Campaign for Breastfeeding

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One Million Campaign for Breastfeeding Please join me in supporting the One Million Campaign at http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.onemillioncampaign.org%2Fen%2FDetails_Petitions.aspx    I just signed on. It took less than two minutes.    The key fact for me is that the goal of this campaign … Continued

Orgasmic Birth Featured in Film Festival!

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Orgasmic Birth Featured in Film Festival! Orgasmic Birth has been selected as one of the very best independent films from around the World! The European Independent Film Festival 2009 (ÉCU), being held at La Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, will host a screening of … Continued

Orgasmic Birth Travels

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Orgasmic Birth Travels Orgasmic Birth is opening peoples hearts to all that is possible in birth as our documentary  travels around the world beginning with the world premier at World Respected Childbirth Week in both the Czech Republic and Puerto … Continued

Prevent Cesarean Surgery Video

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Prevent Cesarean Surgery Video Prevent Cesarean Surgery Please watch this informative video on you tube   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZy0JPtubiQ   Prevent Cesarean Surgery is a short inspirational and entertaining production. Using real quotes spoken by women who have had both a cesarean … Continued

A Day to Remember

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A Day to Remember  As I opened my email this morning I received a note from a friend, doula and  writer, Kim Collins sharing on her blog about the work that many of us did in the NY and NJ … Continued

A Historic Time of Change

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A Historic Time of Change At this  historic time of the inauguration of Barack Oboma, our  44th President of the United States,  we are called to create change in our nation, our  communities, in our lives and to see the … Continued

Austria, Scotland, England

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Austria, Scotland, England  I am currently speaking in Graz Austria and had an opportunity to share Orgasmic Birth last night with a group of dedicated women who are working to improve care and support for women in Austria during pregnancy, … Continued

Big Medicine’s blowback on home births

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Big Medicine’s blowback on home births A recent op-ed in the LA Times by author Jennifer Block provides much to consider:  Why do U.S. doctors strong-arm women into our standard maternity care system? http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/sunday/commentary/la-oe-block9-2008j…   In her typical style, Jennifer … Continued

Birth and the Media

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Birth and the Media Stories and discussion about giving birth and home birth are hitting the media.   I look forward to having Orgasmic Birth add to the discussion soon as we await our release this spring.    Orgasmic Birth asks viewers … Continued

Cesarean Awareness Month

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Cesarean Awareness Month The beginning of April brings with it unexpected rain showers, the budding of new crocuses in winter’s forgotten garden, the first warm breeze and that joyous first jacket-less day.  It also brings the start of Cesarean Awareness … Continued

Global women’s health and rights

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Global women’s health and rights It is an exciting time as the world becomes united in new ways like Twitter and Facebook to discuss important issues.  Americans for UNFPA is hosting a chat on Twitter today to share ideas about … Continued

International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative

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International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative The International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative: 10 Steps to Optimal Maternity Services (IMBCI)  was launched on March 8th  2008, on  International Women’s Day in Orlando, FL at the CIMS Mother-Friendly Childbirth Forum.    As a co-chair of the … Continued

Making normal birth a reality

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Making normal birth a reality Ob-gyn and midwife organizations in the UK are endorsing a new consensus report calling for action to increase rates of ‘normal birth’ where appropriate in order to minimize morbidity and complication rates. http://www.rcog.org.uk/resources/public/pdf/normal_birth_consensus.pdf   The … Continued

Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark

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Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark  Every country, every provider, every woman and man wants to have the best outcome for their baby as possible. Yet the way we achieve this could not be more different as we look at maternity care systems … Continued

New Mothers Speak Out

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New Mothers Speak Out Childbirth Connection has just announced the release of their New Mothers Speak Out survey report, the third report in their Listening to Mothers series. “The report was developed from pertinent results from the Listening to Mothers … Continued

Orgasmic Birth in Popular Media -WMMR radio

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Orgasmic Birth in Popular Media -WMMR radio It’s been an interesting two days as Orgasmic Birth has been referenced in an article  about Jenna Jameson giving birth naturally to twin  sons: http://www.anorak.co.uk/celebrities/207307.html  And today on WMMR radio on the Preston … Continued

The Big Push for Midwives Campaign

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The Big Push for Midwives Campaign Orgasmic Birth will provide viewers with an understanding of all that is possible in giving birth for women, babies and families.  I hope that as people understand what is available to them during childbirth, … Continued

The Birth Survey Is Now Available Nationwide

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The Birth Survey Is Now Available Nationwide As part of the Transparency in Maternity Care Project, the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) developed The Birth Survey as a free online resource for new mothers in the United States to share their consumer reviews … Continued

The Birth Survey

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The Birth Survey It is time for all people to get involved to improve maternity care.  We must share our birth stories and discuss what constitutes quality, safe, satisfying care.  Maternity care effects women, babies, families and ultimately touches all … Continued