Comprehensive Bliss: Transform Pain to Power

Get the education and tools you need to support your clients in having a safe, pleasurable, and empowering birth!

Comprehensive Bliss provides the unique blend of scientific knowledge, engaging activities, birth stories, and expert guidance that you need to stand out from the crowd as a Doula leading the way to a happier, healthier birth experience!

In 2012, 32.8% of U.S. births were delivered by cesarean (as reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

A statistic so high, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has called for a reduction in the occurrence of non medically-indicated cesarean delivery and induction of labor prior to 39 weeks.

And yet, 7 years later in 2019, the CDC reported that 31.7% of U.S. births were delivered by cesarean.

Here’s why this is a problem…

According to recent data, maternal transfusion was the most common maternal morbidity associated with labor and delivery, followed by ICU admission, unplanned hysterectomy, and ruptured uterus.

Women with primary cesarean deliveries had the highest rates of transfusion and ICU admission, while mothers with repeat cesarean deliveries had the highest rates of ruptured uterus and unplanned hysterectomy.

All around the world, women are experiencing trauma at a time when they should be experiencing hope, joy, and pleasure.

As a Doula, you have the unique opportunity to effect change in our flawed birthing system.

Science confirms that there are safer and healthier ways to birth babies gently. 

Whether your client is planning a natural birth or will need technology – we will guide you to learn all of the options to create a safe, satisfying birth in any setting, ensuring your success as a transformational Doula.

“Debra’s life work is to reframe today’s widespread belief that birth is frightening, dangerous and painful. In everything she says and does, Debra models the joy, pleasure and empowerment that is available in birth. Let her show you how to prepare yourselves for the rewards of giving birth.”
Penny Simkin, PT
“This course has only further confirmed my belief in the amazing, healing, life-changing power of birth. Even with seven years of study, research, and joyous exploration into the world of pregnancy and birth, this course gave me new tools, pushed me in new ways, and gave me the gift of being able to face, and find healing from, pains and fears related to birth that I didn’t even know I had.
It has helped me realize how much grace, love, and tenderness we all need to have as birth workers and advocates, arms open wide to embrace every woman with her every experience, fear, hope, trauma and dream for herself and her birth.
I am so excited to carry into my world all of the beautiful ways I have learned that women can be loved and supported and protected during labor, birth, and the postpartum period. It has been a beautiful journey!”
Sara Harllee, Alumnus and Doula

Expecting parents want to be informed, inspired, and empowered. 

They want to be educated so that they can understand the options that are available to them.

They want to create a unique birth plan that aligns with their desires and the way they want to welcome their baby into the world. 

And they are depending on you to guide them.

I am here to help you address their fears and learn what science says is the safest way to birth a baby with power and pleasure! 

Through my revolutionary birth course, Comprehensive Bliss: Transform Pain to Power, you will be equipped with everything you need to empower your clients to feel brave and confident to birth with power instead of fear and pain. 

From the comfort of your home, you will learn and deepen your understanding of pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and life with a newborn so you can provide the highest value to your clients.

Learn the essentials for a healthy labor and birth with our 10 module birth course which includes the role of pleasure, birth hormones, comfort measures, sexual health, medical procedures, surgical birth, and postpartum care so that you can confidently guide your clients as their trusted partner at this critical time.

You’ll receive our easy to enjoy content through videos, workbooks, weekly emails, and personal support.

Inspiring birth stories, access to our Orgasmic Birth documentary and book, combined with our unique guidance will prepare you to support clients through pregnancy, labor, and delivery with respect and love.

Here’s everything that’s included:

And you can access the course on your home computer, your tablet, or even your smartphone — making it super easy for you to gain all of this knowledge in a way that fits your life — no need to show up in-person or at any set day and time!

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You could spend months in a Doula training program and still not learn everything that Comprehensive Bliss will teach you. Save time and money with this info-packed program…

Meet Your Teacher

I’ve spent the last 30 years traveling the world as a childbirth educator, Doula, and Doula instructor.

Now I want to share with you all the essential knowledge that I’ve picked up along the way – my secrets, my tools, and the inspiration for my work – right in the comfort of your own home!

After my son’s birth, I started to reflect upon my experience in birth and began to question why so many people accept our broken system as it was and go along with the assembly line of generic interventions, wanting to trust the process yet feeling inside that something was wrong with it.

I was inspired to provide relief to this issue, and so I became a childbirth educator. My role as a classroom educator evolved, and soon families began to invite me to attend their births.

I quickly learned that I had become a Doula, and was part of the beginnings of the Doula movement. I became one of the first DONA approved birth and postpartum Doula trainers teaching parents, Doulas, midwives, doctors and nurses around the world.

I have seen firsthand how current practices in birth often create pain when there are so many simple ways to reduce pain, making natural birth a much more feasible option, which is why the work I do as chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization and co-chair of the International Childbirth Initiative: 12 Steps to Safe and Respectful MotherBaby-Family Maternity Care is so important to me. 

I have learned that by taking away the power of birth, and by putting women in beds and hospital gowns, stripping away their ability to move, dance, and find joy in childbirth we have not only made birth more difficult, and more painful, but sadly we are missing out on an amazing opportunity to birth ourselves and our babies with respect, dignity, love, pleasure, and creating a heightened physical and emotional experience – one that I call Orgasmic!

Statistics have shown that we have pushed the limits of what technology can do for us, and now we know the many short and long-term consequences for Mother-Baby and Family when we use drugs and surgery when they are not needed.  

It’s my greatest desire to spread this knowledge by making it more accessible, and that’s why I created Comprehensive Bliss: Transform Pain to Power!

I am here to give you everything you need to guide your clients to give birth in any setting or situation with more love, dignity, and respect.  

 

The world needs you!

 

With sincere love and pleasure,

REGISTER NOW AND GET INSTANT ACCESS FOR JUST $550

Here’s what you’ll learn in Comprehensive Bliss: Transform Pain to Power:

Module 1: Full of Life: Pregnancy – Honoring your pregnant body and preparing for birth
  • Debra’s Story
  • Why birth stories are important
  • How our language of birth affects our experience
  • Making space for baby
Module 2: The Dance Begins: Labor – A very special dance with your baby
  • Get ready to give birth
  • Our hormones of birth and how they help up give birth safely
  • Visualizations for relaxation
  • When to go to the hospital
Module 3: Wisdom of Birth: Birth Stories – Birth wisdom shared from around the world
  • Inspiring Birth stories
  • Packing for your birth
  • Creating sacred space
  • Journaling exercises to help you prepare your birth space and preferences 
Module 4: Path to Pleasure: Comfort Techniques in Labor – Movement, Music, Rebozo and more
  • Guided comfort techniques to practice for birth
  • Birth Art exercises
  • Creating your support team
  • Planning your comfort toolkit
  • Tips for finding comfort and ease during the pushing stage
Module 5: Sexuality & Sensuality: Comfort Techniques in Labor – Honoring our sacred sexuality
  • The parallels between birth and sex
  • How enhancing our sexual hormones will create more ease in birth
  • Using erogenous zones to reduce pain and increase pleasure
  • Ways to cultivate pleasure in birth and postpartum
  • Resources for survivors
Module 6: Sensuality & Sexuality: Your Sexual Health
  •  Get creative with pleasure: using pleasure as a tool for birth
  •  The sexuality of birth
  • Sex like Birth
  • Sexual healing in pregnancy, birth and beyond
  • Orgasmic Birth stories
Module 7: Medical Procedures: Know Your Options
  •  Shared decision making
  • Quality of Care
  • If babies were Mercedes
  • Avoiding unnecessary interventions
  • A tale of two births
Module 8: Surgical Birth: Gentle Cesarean & VBAC
  •  Gentle Cesarean Birth options
  • Vaginal Homebirth after Cesarean 
  • Family centered cesarean
  • Resources for evidence-based decision making
Module 9: Your Baby: Newborn
  • Keep MotherBaby together
  • Skin to skin
  • Breast Crawl
  • Delayed cord clamping
  • How to know when baby is hungry
  • Planning for the first moments, days and weeks with baby
Module 10: Your BabyMoon: Postpartum Time
  •  Postpartum Sacred Sexuality
  • 10 tips for pleasure
  • Safe co-sleeping
  • Infant massage
  • Traditional bengkung belly binding

I meet women everyday that wish they could go back and start over. They see that birth could have been different if only they knew more… And that’s where you come in.

Here’s what expectant mothers have said about Debra’s Pleasurable Birth Essentials course (all of which is included in Comprehensive Bliss!) — and what they could be saying about you when you’re equipped with all of this knowledge…
“I remember watching the Orgasmic Birth documentary and feeling completely overwhelmed with awe of the unbelievable strength and magic of women’s bodies. I could not believe that I had never before seen birth or women presented this way – so incredibly powerful! So a few months later when we found out I was pregnant, I knew that this course was definitely one of the resources that I wanted to guide us through the preparation for the birth of our first baby. In a world so full of fearful and often conflicting information, the course felt like a cozy blanket to wrap into and soak up the peace and knowingness that deeper wisdom is at work when it comes to this magical transformation we go through as women and as families. An abundance of topics was presented in a truly holistic way that sparked our curiosity and excitement. The course was by far the best investment we made in our preparation of the birth of our first baby, as it left us not only informed but inspired, empowered and open to all possibilities. And now that our baby daughter is here, I have my own powerful home birth story to share!”
- Asta Rudzinskaite
“This course is a must for first time mothers! It taught me so much, from such an open minded perspective that I wouldn’t have gotten from just reading books or attending workshops. The ‘Pleasurable Birth Essentials’ course is not just a bunch of facts or information about birth… but it’s an experience delivered via videos, stories, and downloads. This helps us absorb the material, so that when you’re in labor you can tap back into the program. Birth is an “in your body” experience as opposed to being a logical “in your head” thing, and I feel like this course really helps to ground women into their bodies and birth experience, gently over time. Each week was like getting a new understanding of what birth is really about, and how to work with your body’s natural cues rather than against them. Thanks to this course, I was able to give birth to our beautiful baby girl in the comfort of our home with an amazing team of midwives and my husband. My contractions were very gentle (so much that I didn’t realize I was having them!) and once active labor started, I was able to ride the waves and trust that my body knew how to bring this baby out. I truly believe that my quick 3-hour active labor was thanks to the relaxed and private environment, and to the attitudes that I learned from Debra and this course. Thanks so much for creating such a comprehensive and effective resource for moms-to-be!”
- Nathalie Lussier, Founder AmbitionAlly.com
“The ‘Pleasurable Birth Essentials’ course has helped me so much! I have cleared so many deep fears, many of which I didn’t know were there below the surface, have broadened my perspective in relation to what’s possible for a healthy and pleasurable birth. I now feel so well equipped to ask questions, to seek out the best possible support team and to go with the flow, allowing my body and baby to do what they know best, what they were created for. Thanks again for a lovely program… I will recommend it!”
- Kay Wesley

Our Pleasurable Guarantee

It’s our mission to change the landscape of pregnancy, labor, and delivery through education and empowerment. We can’t do it alone, and that’s why we’ve created this course to help educate you to assist us in ensuring that we put an end to the over medicalization of birth and lead women to turn back to their natural abilities to give birth free of pain and full of pleasure!

 

We know this course will provide you with everything you need to take your Doula practice to a whole new level and be a sought-after birth partner. In addition, You will receive 18 continuing education credits from Lamaze International.

However, if you find that the course isn’t the right fit for you, we offer a 7-Day Pleasurable Birth Guarantee. Just email us within 7 days of your purchase and we will provide a full refund.

FAQs

Our course is hosted on our private course platform, Thinkific. When you register, you will set your own unique username and password and can access the course via our Thinkific course website or the app on your smartphone via the Apple or Google Play store. This means you can take it with you anywhere you go!

You will get immediate access to all of the course content. Most people complete the core course materials (approx 18 hours) over a period of 1-2 weeks, and the remaining supplemental materials within a couple of months. You’ll be able to move through the course materials at your own pace to meet your needs and schedule.

You will have lifetime access to the course and you can revisit the material whenever you need to!

Yes! This course offers continuing education units from Lamaze International which are accepted by DONA, Lamaze, and many other organizations.

We do! We offer a 7-Day Pleasure Guarantee – if you find the course is not for you, please email us within 7 days of purchase and we will provide a full refund.

Scholarships

In childbirth, systemic racism is the root cause of disparities leading to higher maternal mortality rates for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). 

Our goal is to provide Childbirth Education to all expectant parents, to be better prepared to find equitable, respectful, supportive care from a provider and Doula.

Knowledge is power! We want to support and amplify BIPOC voices and support every person to have a safe, satisfying, and pleasurable birth. 

We are offering a number of BIPOC Scholarships for expectant parents and/or birthworkers to access our courses for 50% off. 

If you are an individual who identifies as a BIPOC and has a financial barrier to taking our online  course, we welcome you to apply for our scholarship.

Please submit a 1 minute video or letter addressing the questions below.

  • Are you currently pregnant or are you a birthworker/Doula?
  • Why would you like to take Pleasurable Birth Essentials: Transform Pain to Power?
  • If you are a birthworker/Doula – how will taking our class enhance the care you provide?
  • Do you identify as BIPOC?

Submit your entry and/or questions to: info AT paintopowerchildbirth.com

Our scholarships are reserved for BIPOC individuals with financial need. If you are not a BIPOC, we have payment plans available.