Birth Story of Indira

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

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

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

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

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.
Yahoo Lifestyle: Orgasmic Birth isn't a myth it's a movement

Yahoo says Orgasmic Birth isn’t a myth

Kelly Hoover Greenway from Yahoo Lifestyle says that Orgasmic Birth isn't a myth - it's actually a movement. But can birth really be orgasmic?
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The Science Behind Doula Support

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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.

pleasure – do you have what it takes?

If birth were treated as the intimate experience that it is - so much would change!

Birth Story: Remembering the exact moment it began

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

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

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

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

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

Give Birth and Parent Peacefully

As an activist, mother, and grandmother I am grateful for my connection to the past, present, and to vision my dreams and desires for a peaceful world that honors and respects all people and their ability to give birth and … Continued
#MeTooBirth #MeToo

MeTooBirth

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

My Dream Team: Birthing with Support

For mothers who are thrilled with their birthing experience, For mothers that are not,  For mothers to be that have no clue what to expect.   By Tanja Nenadovic Vasquez This is the story about my pregnancy and natural, vaginal, … Continued

Benefits of Homebirth

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

5 Reasons You [Think] You Don’t Need a Doula

Why having a doula at your birth will help you to create a safe, satisfying and pleasurable birth experience! 1. Your (hospital, Doctor, Midwife) is AWESOME Many women believe they don’t need to hire a doula because their hospital is … Continued

The Magic Button for Birth: 5 Reports in Support of Doulas

What if someone told you that there was this magical button you could push – it would provide you with a safer outcome for your birth (less chance of cesarean and other interventions), you’d walk away with a better sense … Continued

Want the safest birth? Make your birth safe, sexy and Orgasmic!

Science to the rescue for a Safe, Sexy, Scientific and (yes) Orgasmic Birth By Debra Pascali-Bonaro   First, it’s important to talk about what makes birth UNSAFE. In our current model of maternity care there are many practices that increase … Continued

Show Me Your Cochrane!

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

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

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

Humanization Conference: Humanization, Women, Power and Childbirth

  I am writing this as I fly home on a long overnight flight -I have so much energy and passion and thoughts swirling around in my head and I can’t sleep, nor have I been able to for the … Continued

The First Doula: Wendy Freed

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

Happy Hour Podcast – Why do we always start with fear?

I recently had the opportunity to be featured on Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Happy Hour Podcast. It was really fun sharing my message of love, power, pleasure and ORGASMIC BIRTH with the host. The podcast just went live, and it was a … Continued

Tips for making birth safer

“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

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

Less is More: The Netherlands and the World – Trends and Visions

I walked out of arrivals in Schipol airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands to the smiling face and big hugs from Thea van Tuyl.  Our eyes and heart connected and the distance and time shrank away as it feels like yesterday we … Continued

7 weeks and 7 countries…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dreams Decoded

Do you ever wake and wonder what message your dream is telling you?   When you are pregnant do you find that your dreams are even more vivid and offer insights to your changing body and world?   Have you ever … Continued

Orgasmic Birth – it’s a thing!

By the CHANNEL MUM TEAM Revealing you experienced the Big O giving birth is almost always met with cries of ‘Oh No!’. From shock and revulsion to simple disbelief, so many people can’t comprehend that childbirth can be pain-free – … Continued

Interconnection of Birth, Life & Sexuality

I was recently invited to speak at a women’s empowerment group in NYC to talk about the interconnected nature of birth, life and sexuality. I shared how powerful and supportive pleasure is at every stage of the birthing process- whether … Continued

10 Tips to be Doula Friendly

Is your caregiver and/or facility Doula-Friendly? Read our guide for caregivers/providers & facilities to be more Doula-Friendly 1.  Have a written policy that is routinely communicated to health-care staff explaining a mother’s right to unlimited support by a doula or persons … Continued

Fertility, Pregnancy & Birth

Fertility, Pregnancy & Birth  can fill us many thoughts, fears, challenges and joys. I am honored to have been a part of the Fertility, Pregnancy & Birth Summit recently. Living a life that includes daily doses of pleasure has been … Continued

Is Orgasmic Birth in Your Birth Plan?

Now that Orgasmic Birth is becoming more mainstream, with coverage in major online publications such as Cosmo and Huff Post, where do we go from here? We were not alone in loving Angela Gallo’s recent declaration of how touching herself … Continued

3 Tips for Increasing Pleasure During Pregnancy

I was excited to reconnect with Red Miller last fall when I was on a trip to Bali and my flight out of Singapore was cancelled due to volcanic activity. I sent messages to the two birth keepers I have … Continued

3 Tips for How to Communicate with your Body during Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond with Dr. Eve Agee

 Click Listen Now or Play button to listen!   Dr. Eve Agee is a mother, Founder of the Transform Coaching Academy, an anthropologist, and women’s empowerment expert. A healer and coach over 17 years, Eve’s #1 international bestselling book, The Uterine Health Companion: … Continued

Why I touched myself in labour – here’s 3 reasons you should consider it, too!

By Angela Gallo “Yes, you heard me right. And don’t be so shocked. Birth & Sex operate in almost the exact same ways. The hormones, sensations, the anatomy involved, brain activity, receptors…they are all so heavily intertwined. Our vulvas swell, blood … Continued

What Does Orgasmic Wave Mean to You?

Are you smiling and wondering if I mean in childbirth or as a part of your sexual life? I mean both – as childbirth is a part of our sexual life! I know you can agree with the idea of … Continued

Tiny Words Rock Big Changes in Childbirth

The last meme in our Pain to Power Online Childbirth Class #languageofbirth series is released (see slideshow below)! Thank you for all the love! We have loved reading all your responses to the #languageofbirth series. Love this. . . such … Continued

Considering the Hidden Dangers of Baby Products

Hidden dangers of baby cribs, baby mattresses, and baby skincare products. By Irina Webb I love working with new moms! It’s such a special time in a woman’s life; everything is new, everything their babies do is precious and newsworthy. … Continued

A Doula’s Role: Protecting, Promoting, Supporting Respectful Care

by Debra Pascali-Bonaro LCCE, BDT/PDT (DONA) A doula is in a unique position to protect, promote, support and advocate for respectful care for all MotherBabies. Doulas offer one on one care that is often lacking in childbirth around the world. … Continued

Slang for Vagina, Deafening Orgasms and Birthgasms!

What do deafening (literally) orgasms and Orgasmic Birth (birthgasms) have in common? Find out from the latest episode of the fun, spicy and sexy podcast called “Sex Lives” by New York Magazine. Click image to listen now! What do deafening (literally) orgasms … Continued

The Power of the Uterus: Video Chat with Dr. Eve Agee

Dr. Eve Agee joined Orgasmic Birth Debra Pascali-Bonaro to discuss “Vibrant Uterine Health for a Pleasurable Birth.” In the video clip below, Dr. Agee shares about the Power of the Uterus! Dr. Agee, PhD, is the international bestselling author of … Continued

Video Chat with Orgasmic Birth Parents, Piper & Chaz

Piper and Chaz were featured parents in the Orgasmic Birth movie and now join the movie director, Debra Pascali-Bonaro, for the Orgasmic Birth Virtual Conference to discuss “The Most Empowering Experience.” They are now parents of 5 free-learning children in … Continued

Get Up, Stand Up… for your Birth!

Get Up, Stand Up: Stand up for your Birth! Are you wondering what a Bob Marley song has to do with childbirth? Women around the world have labored and birthed standing up, often dancing their baby into the world with … Continued

Key Essentials for Creating a Powerful Birth Memory

What do you think of when you think of a Powerful Birth? It’s possible to create a birth experience that you will treasure for a lifetime. What can you do as a partner, birthkeeper, friend to help a laboring woman … Continued

In Childbirth: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

This past spring I had the pleasure of teaching a group of women at a DONA Birth Doula Workshop in New York City. One doula said “What you don’t know CAN hurt you!” so I asked her what she meant…. … Continued

Be-la vs. Dou-la: How to Enhance the Client Doula Relationship

At doula workshops, we contemplate doing vs. being…. Doula beginning with the word DO. I am suggesting that we become Be-las – practicing the art of being present and allowing the birthing woman and her partner to lead with their … Continued

Midwife Roars out for Skin-to-skin Care

“With birth comes power, both my births have made me realise the immense power and strength I hold within me”. – Mansi Ashta, India (who inspired this post) By Lina Duncan (Photo credit: @BornInBombay) I have witnessed many extremes of … Continued

What are ‘birthgasms’? Expert explains the science and misconceptions behind this ‘neglected human right

BY ZAHRA MULROY On first reading, the term ‘birthgasm’ probably evokes a strong reaction. But of what? After all, while having an orgasm and childbirth do have ‘sex’ as a common denominator, they also seem worlds apart. READ MORE

5 Tips to Finding Pleasure Every Day

What does finding pleasure in birth and life mean to you? The deeper I go into finding pleasure in life, the more the right teachers appear on my path. Enjoy some of my recent inspirations and let me know below … Continued

10 Tips for Doulas to Support MotherBaby Hormones

This article was originally published in DONA’s International Doula Magazine Volume 23, Issue 2 (Summer 2015) Issue “10 Tips for Doulas to Support MotherBaby Hormones: Lessons Learned From the Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing Report.” The Gentle Birth Revolution has gained … Continued

Orgasmic Birth Movie to Screen in Bulgaria

Last summer the Orgasmic Birth movie screened in Bulgaria. We are excited that it will screen again this year on June 20th at 10:30 am at Videlina Club in Varna and on July 1st at 6:30 pm at Estestveni Idei … Continued

Being Present, Letting Go & Finding Fascination Everywhere

Many of you have asked me how I have managed to bring my message out to so many, to speak and work around the world? I have shared one of the secret mentors (Marie Forleo), but up until now I … Continued

Italian Ministry of Health Meeting & Safe Birth Vision

Last summer I was honored to attend an important meeting at the offices of the Ministry of Health in Rome with Dott. ssa (Doctor) Serena Battilomo, Director within the Ministry of Health for Prevention along with attorney Alessandra Battisti and … Continued

International Week of Respecting Childbirth May 17 – 24

International Week of Respecting Childbirth (IWRC) May 17 – 24 is about speaking up and speaking out about all that is possible in childbirth so that we have more choices, receive more respect and are creating positive birth experiences and … Continued

Telling the Truth about Childbirth

By Hermine Hayes-Klein           Like most people, I always thought childbirth was like the images I grew up seeing in the media. Women gave birth on their backs in hospital beds; doctors delivered babies, lifted them … Continued

Body Art for Birth Rights in Argentina

Happy International Week of Respecting Childbirth! Gabriela, from Argentina, sent us these photos from last Thursday of women standing up for their human rights in childbirth, and right to midwife assisted homebirth. In the middle of one of the main … Continued

3 Mistakes to Avoid in Childbirth

How did we come to disregard the sanctity of childbirth for MotherBaby? Why did we move from a social model where each woman was uniquely cared for and nurtured by a circle of women, friends, and family, to a technocractic … Continued

4 Ways to Help MotherBabies this Mother’s Day

May is a month full of celebrations and honoring our Mothers, Midwives, Doulas and more! It was wonderful to start off the month as ‘Princess Kate’ (Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) shared with the world her confidence in waiting for labor to … Continued

Does Your Birth Menu Reflect What You Want?

I love to think about birth options as a menu- maybe it’s my Italian background that finds a good food analogy everywhere. When I think about birth I think about planning to go out for a special celebration dinner. I … Continued

Is Play in Your Birth Plan?

When is the last time you played? Maybe you played with your children rolling around playing airplane on the floor landing in a cloud of giggles. Maybe you played with your partner intimately, who surprised you with a new intimate … Continued

6 Ways to Bond & Get Creative with Baby Prenatally

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

Media and Childbirth: Inducing Fear?

Do you watch birth on television? A study by Theresa Morris PhD and Katherine McInerney MA concluded, “Reality-based birth television programs do not give women an accurate portrayal of how women typically experience birth in the United States, nor are … Continued

The Passing of Sheila Kitzinger, Author of Birth & Sex

Sheila Kitzinger, social anthropologist and author of many books, including Birth & Sex, was such a treasure in more ways than I can express. (Read Orgasmic Birth blog, Why I Write About Birth and Sex by Sheila Kitzinger from October 2012). She … Continued

Behind Closed Doors: Why Childbirth Education Began

Have you considered why childbirth education began? Imagine it is 100 years ago- a time when birth all around the world took place in our homes. Birth was a part of our social, family life. Women gathered to offer support, … Continued

Nyambutin or Tiga Bulan Bali: Baby Rituals Around the World

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“Bringing Birth Back Infographic” from Top RN to BSN

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Protected: “Our Bodies Ourselves” 40th Anniversary Edition

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Photo from street protest in Rio de Janeiro (from Globo journal)

Brazil and Argentina, Suffering the Home Birth Prohibition

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Please follow link ( click on view ) : An interview with Lamaze 2011 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker, Debra Pascali- Bonaro

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girl-god’s Trista Hendron writes about the Orgasmic Birth movie

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Doula officially entered into the Oxford English Dictionary

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Is childbirth a medical condition or a beautiful natural event?

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Debra on HayHouseRadio with Dr. Christiane Northrup Wed. 4/11/12

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Orgasmic Birth to screen at Ottawa Film Festival May 4th

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EAT PRAY DOULA – the first days

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Human Rights in Childbirth Conference

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Orgasmic Birth Screening in Salt Lake City

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Join Debra at the SEXUALITY & (M)OTHERHOOD Conference at the Museum of Motherhood Monday Feb. 6th

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Orgasmic Birth Team starts production on latest documentary!

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Historic Times: Congresswoman Roybal-Allard Speaks to the House of Representatives about the Home Birth Consensus Summit

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Join us in celebrating National Midwifery Week in October by sharing your pictures and your stories of how a midwife touched you

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21st Century Mother’s Movement Discount Flyer – 50% Discounts Available

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DEBRA in Graz, Austria, June 30, July 1 and 2 , 2011

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Debra in Hungary, July 5-8, 2011

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  

Growing Number of Women are Choosing Orgasmic Birth !

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Introducing Dr. Allemann

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A little social media love…

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Pleasure in Birth: Is there a limit?

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MOMS for the 21st Century Bill Filed in House of Representatives!

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ACOG revises guidelines on Vaginal Births after Cesarean Section (VBAC)

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Orgasmic Birth, The Book: Some Feedback!

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“Orgasmic Birth” book available June 8!

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“Women of Earth Take Back Your Birth!”

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Prevent Cesarean Surgery Video

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C- Sections a Critical Factor in Preterm Birth Increase

C- Sections a Critical Factor in Preterm Birth Increase This article speaks for itself about the tragic consequences from the overuse of what can be a life saving surgery when used appropriately. C- Sections a Critical Factor in Preterm Birth … Continued

Choices in Childbirth: A Statement by Physicians, Midwives and Women’s Health Advocates who Support Safe Choices in Childbirth

Choices in Childbirth: A Statement by Physicians, Midwives and Women’s Health Advocates who Support Safe Choices in Childbirth Women’s choices for how and where they want to give birth have been consistently eroding these last few years. Whether these directives … Continued

CIMS Mother-Friendly Childbirth Forum 2010

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

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

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

HOMEBIRTH ON YAHOO HOMEPAGE !!!

HOMEBIRTH ON YAHOO HOMEPAGE !!! http://news.yahoo.com/home-birth-rise-dramatic-20-percent-184157307.html

Med Students for Homebirth

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

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

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

Once a Caesarean, Always a Caesarean? National Institutes of Health says not necessarily.

Once a Caesarean, Always a Caesarean? National Institutes of Health says not necessarily. The number of women giving birth vaginally after a previous Caesarean section delivery has declined almost 20% since 1996, contributing to the dramatic rise in our national … Continued

One Million Campaign for Breastfeeding

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!

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

A Day to Remember

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

Out- of -hospital maternity care issues briefing

Out- of -hospital maternity care issues briefing I wanted to share  an important email that I received today.  Please help the PushNation rise up to tell Congress about how access to out-of-hospital maternity care and Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs), who … Continued

Peaceful Revolution: Why Breastfeeding Needs To Be Part of Health Care Reform

Peaceful Revolution: Why Breastfeeding Needs To Be Part of Health Care Reform I saw this informative post on breastfeeding on the Making Pregnancy Safer forum and thought it was worthy of sharing in full here.   I welcome your comments … Continued

Peru Embraced Vertical Birth to Save Lives

Peru Embraced Vertical Birth to Save Lives Vertical Birth – Stand up and deliver   I found the following article and video very interesting in discussing improving maternal mortality with the use of upright birth positions for women in Peru. … Continued

Physician Group Seeks to Outlaw Home Birth: Is Jail for Moms Next?

Physician Group Seeks to Outlaw Home Birth: Is Jail for Moms Next? I recently returned from screenings of Orgasmic Birth in London, Glasgow, and Graz, Austria, as well as talks about the film in Paris and at the International Confederation … Continued

Sponsor legislation that tells Medicaid to pay for birth centers

Sponsor legislation that tells Medicaid to pay for birth centers I just received an important update from Childbirth Connection.  Please read, share with other’s and help us make sure that all women will have the right to give birth where … Continued

The Big Push for Midwives Campaign

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

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

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

The Miracle of Birth: Uniting Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science

The Miracle of Birth: Uniting Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science            I would like to share with everyone an exciting opportunity that I will be participating in at the end of the month, and hope that those of you with … Continued

Top 10 Reasons to Join a Birth Network

Top 10 Reasons to Join a Birth Network   I just received my Lamaze E-News for November and saw this great list of the Top 10 reasons to join a Birth Network.  If you are not already receiving Lamaze E-News … Continued

We are about to give to birth to our documentary

We are about to give to birth to our documentary It’s an exciting time for us as we are about to give our last pushes to birth/ finish our documentary Orgasmic Birth.  In anticipation we are applying to film festivals … Continued

Women Deliver

Women Deliver I am back home after 6 weeks traveling and speaking in the Netherlands, Austria, UK , Portugal, and attending the Women Deliver conference on Safe Motherhood.  Women Deliver brought together  2,000 participants from 109 countries to create the energy, … Continued

World Premiere

World Premiere Orgasmic Birth had its world premiere on May 16th in both Prague, Czech Republic and Rio Piedras Puerto Rico during World Respected  Childbirth Week.  What a special and appropriate release/ birth for our long labor.  First comments included, … Continued

90th Anniversary Symposium of Childbirth Connection

90th Anniversary Symposium of Childbirth Connection             Early last Thursday morning my alarm clock woke me when the sky was still a dark purple, and the morning birds were still fast asleep.  It was time to hit the road and … Continued

A Historic Time of Change

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

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

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

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

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

Concerned About Coerced Abortions? Try Saying No to Cesarean Surgery

Concerned About Coerced Abortions? Try Saying No to Cesarean Surgery Lynn Paltrow’s recent commentary on the Huffington Post brings to light a very important discussion about informed decision making for all childbearing women. “Last year Idaho passed a law making … Continued

Dr. Lawrence D. Rosen one of our “experts” featured in NY Times article

Dr. Lawrence D. Rosen one of our “experts” featured in NY Times article Weighing Nondrug Options for A.D.H.D New York Times Health June 17, 2008 http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/17/health/17well.html?ex=1214280000&en=bd…   I was pleased to see this article including our “Expert” Pediatrician Dr. Lawrence D. … Continued

Global women’s health and rights

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

Home Birth and Hospital Birth are Equally Safe

Home Birth and Hospital Birth are Equally Safe In this time where many question the safety of home birth and use hospital birth as our standard,  there is growing data that home birth and hospital birth are equally safe for … Continued

Ina May Gaskin talks about Orgasmic Birth

Ina May Gaskin talks about Orgasmic Birth It was wonderful to see the recent articles about world-renowned midwife Ina May Gaskin discuss her life achievement and end her interview talking about her involvement with Orgasmic Birth.   Ina May has … Continued

International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative

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

Is a Woman in Labor a “Person”? New Assaults on Pregnant Women’s Civil Rights in a NJ Case

Is a Woman in Labor a “Person”? New Assaults on Pregnant Women’s Civil Rights in a NJ Case The article today in the Huffington Post  about a NJ decision involving a woman who refused to consent to a c-section and … Continued

Making normal birth a reality

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

Millbank Report on Evidence-Based Maternity Care

Millbank Report on Evidence-Based Maternity Care What an exciting time in maternity care. The release of a new report, Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve, by authors Carol Sakala and Maureen Corry, at Childbirth Connection, … Continued

Mother’s Index – Maternal Mortality and Women’s Status

Mother’s Index – Maternal Mortality and Women’s Status In a recent Citizens for Midwifery www.cfmidwifery.org e-news, Susan Hodges wrote: About 99% of births in the US take place in hospitals. If standard obstetric practice is so good, why does the … Continued

Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark

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

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

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

2006 US Cesarean Rates

2006 US Cesarean Rates We are getting close to finishing Orgasmic Birth.  It is an exciting time for us.  We so appreciate all the emails asking when you can see our documentary.  Please keep checking the web site as we … Continued

Orgasmic Birth Doulas

  Orgasmic Birth is happy to present our big New Years surprise… A doula support organization specifically for those that are interested in learning more about supporting “Orgasmic Births”! Are you a doula or birthkeeper? Do you believe strongly that … Continued

One Midwife’s Journey: Catching Babies, Coaching Mothers

Valeriana Pasqua-Masback was one of the contributing midwives in the Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret Documentary. In recent years, Valeriana has transformed her business to include coaching and shares about that experience here on the Orgasmic Birth blog – enjoy! … Continued