Debra Pascali-Bonaro is the mother of six children, Director of the documentary Orgasmic Birth, co-author of Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth, author of Sex After Baby, and founder of Pain to Power Online Childbirth Classes. She is the Chairperson of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative and advisor to the ICEA.
Debra Pascali-Bonaro is a world-renowned inspirational speaker, filmmaker, DONA International Doula trainer, Lamaze International Childbirth Educator, author, and graduate with a degree in education from McGill University.
Most importantly, Debra is the mother of six who has dedicated her life to ensuring each person has pleasure and a community of caring support during pregnancy, birth, and the transition to parenting.
It began with the birth of her children as she celebrated the joys as well as faced challenges of parenting and a relationship that ended in divorce. She began listening to people around the world as she traveled to teach in forty countries discussing experiences of childbirth, sexuality, and parenting.
Hearing so many challenging stories, Debra became an activist to change and heal our broken maternity care system and provide parents with Nurturing Beginnings, the title of the first book she co-authored. For the last 25 years, Debra has volunteered her time nationally and internationally to create a healthy, respectful, and equitable maternity care system.
She has long served as the Director of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO), which, with FIGO, co-created the International Childbirth Initiative (ICI): 12 Steps to Safe and Respectful MotherBaby-Family Maternity Care. Debra also serves as Co-Chair of the ICI Executive Committee and believes that the ICI sets the global gold standard for optimal maternity care.
Debra has helped thousands of people understand their options in birth, and as she often says, “There is power in childbirth. It’s your choice to claim it or to give it away!” She is passionate about spreading awareness about pleasurable birth and excited to share this treasure trove of beautiful, inspirational, and inspiring interviews to help you to awaken your inner wisdom!