"I believe this is the most well-balanced, truthful, celebration of birth that I have ever viewed." - Carolyn Rafferty, RNC-OB

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Global health systems strengthening: FIGO’s strategic view on reducing maternal and newborn mortality worldwide

“Community engagement is now considered the seventh pillar of HSS. The community has a vital role and should take an active role in improving their citizens’ health outcomes. Community engagement should permeate various HSS dimensions, including planning, program implementation, monitoring, and advocacy.14 WHO guidelines promote community-led health initiatives for universal health coverage, recognizing the community as a beneficiary and a driver of health system reform. Community-based interventions may encourage healthier practices and care-seeking among communities and families, as well as enrolling and training local community members, including doulas, to work alongside trained healthcare professionals and community member engagement in service distribution, including diagnosis, treatment, and referral. Various approaches exist, including doulas, community health workers, trained traditional birth attendants, health campaigns, school-based health promotion, home-based care, and even community franchise-operated clinics.1417

Published Papers | Debra Pascali-Bonaro

Evie | What Is An Orgasmic Birth? How A ‘Birthgasm’ Might Be The Best-Kept Secret For A Painless Labor

Insider | A Woman Who Had 2 Orgasmic Births Felt No Pain 

Baby Chick | Orgasmic Birth: Is it Real? 

Asking for a Pregnant Friend | All Things Orgasmic Birth 

Elena Harder Podcast | Choosing a Birth Team to Support an Orgasmic Birth

Health Line | Orgasmic Labor and Birth: Could it be for you?

HelloGiggles | 6 Women Share What It’s Like to Have an Orgasmic Birth

Perinatal Quality Improvement | How One Doula’s Efforts Led to Advancing Equity, Justice and Quality Maternal Care 

6 Women Share What it’s Like to Have an Orgasmic Birth | Yahoo News

Poppy Seed Health – Debunked

Pathways to Family Wellness – Keep Your Power 9 Reasons Why You Don’t Want to Hand Over Your Power In Birth

Orgasmic Birth Isn’t a Myth, It’s a Movement—Here’s What It’s About by Kelly Hoover Greenway, Yahoo Lifestyle

Stress Free Pregnancy with Susan Lopes

Whoa, You Really Can Have An Orgasm During Childbirth by 

5 Benefits Of Orgasm During Pregnancy You Need To Know About – By Kelly Hoover Greenway, Romper

The Beautiful Work Challenge: On Birth (Multi-Part Series)

NJ Spotlight Could Doulas Help to Reduce Racial Disparities in NJ’s Maternity Care?

Insurance coverage for doula services is also a critical component in expanding the practice, experts told the panel. Debra Pascali-Bonaro, an international childbirth educator and doula trainer — who said she might have been the first to offer doula services in New Jersey, in 1984 — said no insurance carriers currently cover this care, although some self-insured companies are exploring this option. She has been reimbursed on occasion, but only through a complicated, time-consuming appeal process, and never for more than $500, she said.

“This needs to be universal,” Pascali-Bonaro said, noting that by paying for lower-cost doula services, insurance companies can save money on more expensive treatment, like C-sections and other medical interventions. “Respectful care is medicine,” she added. “When women don’t feel respected, honored or get the dignity they deserve, they do not thrive, and birth becomes something else.”

Health Here’s How This Mom Says She Experienced an ‘Orgasmic’ Childbirth

International Business Times What is orgasmic childbirth? Woman reveals experience of intensely pleasurable child delivery

Injoy Health Education Transforming Pain to Power in Childbirth 

BabyLIFE Hacks Pleasure During Birth

Reawakening Ancient Feminine Wisdom Summit Pleasurable Labor Tips

Brit + Co 6 Outrageous Pregnancy Symptoms That Could Happen to You

Healthy Mom & Baby Did You Know that Birth Can Be Pleasurable?

ReWild Yourself Dancing Babies Into the World

Lamaze “Watch a Baby’s Birth”

Doing it at Home How Orgasmic Birth Is Connecting Women To Their Power

Mommyish What Is an Orgasmic Birth and Is It Possible to Have Pleasure During Labor, Not Pain?

Romper Does Orgasmic Birth really Happen?

Romper Can You Force Yourself to Have An Orgasmic Birth?

Woman’s Day This Is What It’s Like to Orgasm During Childbirth

Glamour What’s It Actually Like to Have an Orgasmic Birth?

Your Tango 7 Women Reveal What It Was REALLY Like To Experience Orgasmic Birth

Huffington Post Orgasm During Labour: What Is It And Why Does It Happen?

Fox News Health “Can Women Orgasm During Childbirth”

“We should be creating environments and giving women and their partners more intimacy and birth would be easier,” Pascali-Bonaro said.

Self “This Mom Had a 3 Week Long Orgasmic Experience After Giving Birth”

Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Happy Hour Podcast – “I’m having a baby: crazy labor stories” Listen now

A collection of articles and stories by Debra

Birth is a powerful moment in a woman’s life – Newborn Mothers

The Pain to Power Philosophy and How Debra applies it to her doula clients on Prenatal Yoga Center’s Blog

Debra shares the story of her birth-day via #thisishowiwasborn

Orgasmic Childbirth is a THING (New York Magazine’s “Sex Lives” Podcast)

What are Birthgasms? Expert Explains the Science and Misconceptions behind this Neglected Human Right  (Mirror UK)

Labor Orgasms Called Best Kept Secret (ABC-TV 20/20 *video*)

An Interview with Lamaze 2011 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker, Debra Pascali-Bonaro (Science and Sensibility)

Oh baby, yes! Could you have a big O on your big day? (Pregnancy & Newborn)

Can Women Orgasm During Childbirth? (The Daily Beast)

10 things you never knew about climaxing (Times of India)

Yes! Orgasms During Birth Are Real, Study Suggests (Live Science)

“It’s such a culture where some women actually feel shamed that they have pleasure, because the expectation is pain,” Pascali-Bonaro said. “We have to change that.”

Review of Orgasmic Birth (Stand and Deliver)

Orgasmic Birth Makes Sense (Attach from Scratch Parenting)

Oh Baby: Orgasmic Birth is Totally A Thing (Cosmopolitan)

Do Orgasmic Births Really Happen? (The Huffington Post)

Tu enfanteras dans…elextase! (Grandir autrement)

Orgasmic Birth: Is it what you think? (Parent Map)

Learning to Roar (MindfulMama.com)

Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret (Pregnancy.org)

Giving Birth in America and the BDS Movement with Barghouti and Fletcher (GRITtv *video*)

Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret (Birth 36:3)

Kodiak group explores natural birthing methods (Kodiak Daily Mirror)

Delivering Ecstasy (Science Notes)

Wide spectrum of birth experiences exist (Huntsville Forester)

Ohhh, Baby! The Women Who Experience Orgasms During Childbirth (Marie Claire)

Orgasmic Birth playing at the Algonquin June 10 (The Huntsville Forester)

Celebrating “The Miracle of Birth” at Asilomar (Monterey County Weekly)

Orgasmic Birth Documentary (Type-A Mom)

Can childbirth be orgasmic? (TwinCities.com)

Enjoy the beauty, pleasure of birth (The Olympian)

Filmmaker champions natural childbirth (Pascack Valley Community Life)

Filmmaker explores the joy of childbirth, 400 times over (Times Leader)

For pregnant moms, a pleasurable thought (Star-Ledger)

The joy of childbirth (Columbia Tribune)

Labor Orgasms Called ‘Best-Kept Secret’ (ABC 20-20)

The labor, the delivery, the … orgasm? (The Daily Juggle)

Orgasmic Birth: the Secret is Out (Christiane Northrup, MD)

Orgasms During Childbirth? It Happens (Fox News)

Pioneering midwife crusades for natural birth (USA Today)

Orgasmic Birth (Greenmuze.com review)

Orgasmic Birth filmaker getting noticed (NorthJersey.com)

Orgasmic Birth: The Natural Reality Behind The Hype (Huffington Post)

Orgasmic Birth: The Natural Reality Behind the Hype | Reproductive Justice and Gender (AlterNet)

Review of Orgasmic Birth (Midwifery Today)

This film has the potential to change the world of birth–thereby changing the world!
– Jan Tritten, Midwife & Founder, Editor, Mother of Midwifery Today

Orgasmic Birth: Interview with Debra Pascali-Bonaro (Doulaing UK)

Amazing tale of mum who had an orgasm giving birth (Liverpool Echo)

The pain and pleasure of childbirth (Guardian UK)

Film reveals experience of ‘orgasmic’ birth (Toronto Star)

Is this the last taboo of childbirth? Yes! Yes!! Yes!!! (Daily Mail UK)

Orgasm and Childbirth (The Times (UK))

Yes! Yes! Yes! It’s coming! (Guardian UK)

Abu Dhabi doula (The National UAE)

Delivering Ecstasy (Monterey County Weekly)

Orgazmični porod (Jana)

Rojstvo otroka, rojstvo matere (Dnevnik.si)

Ena najbolj varovanih skrivnosti (Dnevnik.si)

Mães, pais e profissionais de saúde discutem parto com prazer (Parto con Prazer)

Lust fürs Leben (Zeit Wissen)

Folha de São Paulo (Comissão de Cidadania e Reprodução)

Orgasmiline sünnitus – on see tõesti võimalik? (Tarbija 24)

Ну очень приятные роды (ДOБPOE УТРО)

Partorire? Niente dolore quando c’ è l’orgasmo (American Oggi)

“Orgasmic Birth” − ein gut gehütetes Geheimnis (Österreichische Hebammenzeitung)

Женщины нацелены рожать детей с наслаждением (QS Kiev UA News)

Femeile însărcinate au orgasm la naştere (www.tabu.ro)

Parto orgásmico: o segredo mais bem guardado (Absoluta-Online)

¿Podría ser cierto que algunas mujeres tengan partos orgásmicos? (El Mundo)

Sünnitaja vajab teenijannat (Tartu Postimees EE)

Vrouwen moeten orgasme beleven tijdens bevalling (HLN BE)

Orgasmic Birth (KDAF *video*)

Orgasmic Birth (Russian TV *video*)

Orgasmic Birth: The Movie (Mindful Mama *video*)

Featured Press

Birth Issues in Perinatal Care Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret

(Reprinted with permission. Journal compilation © 2009, Wiley Periodicals, BIRTH 36:3)

“Orgasmic Birth, visual storytelling at its best, is Debra Pascali-Bonaro’s response to the crisis in birth today, with its increasing obstetric medicalization of labor and escalating cesarean section rates. It alternates nine birth stories with commentary by midwives, physicians, and educators. Participating mothers offered the filmmakers unusual access to their lives, believing strongly in the value of their personal experiences. Filmed in muted, golden tones in serene, darkened rooms, the movie counters the media’s hysterical depictions of birth and the negative birth stories all too commonly heard these days.” Read more