Why should television networks broadcast “Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret” Is this achievable by all?
We are off to a great 2012 as Orgasmic Birth continue to make waves around the world. I want to thank you all for sharing your births, your stories and your vision for maternity care around the world with us. Please keep sending us your birth stories at https://www.orgasmicbirth.com/share-your-birth-story
Today I was asked by a broadcaster who is considering airing our film – “Can average people “do” it?”
This is what I answered. I would like to ask you how you would respond?
Orgasmic as defined by the dictionary; “is a heighten physical and emotional experience”, as such most birth are –and should be “orgasmic” . Of all the births in our film, only one woman states she has a “birth orgasm” also a possibility – yet rare and not something our film and/or I would want women to feel they have yet another performance standard. Instead, our message is one of women exploring their options, knowing what is possible and how important planning where, with whom and having available comfort measures such as privacy, dim light, nurturing support, respect, water, movement are to birth. All of these are well supported by the research and are being talked about globally to improve care. In obstetrics we often over-use technology that while a benefit to a woman with a high risk pregnancy, is putting the majority of healthy women and babies at risk. At the same time, we are underusing low cost, low tech- high touch techniques, such as: touch, massage, water, doulas, birth balls and other interventions that have been proven to offer many benefits and to improve the safety of maternity care. Our film is being used around the world by universities, communities and organizations to open up this discussion including in many nursing, midwifery and medical schools, as we are realizing our technocratic model of birth – while life saving at times, is now often causing more harm then good, when overused. Birth is not just another day in a woman and/or baby’s life. We are learning the way we give birth and are born has profound short and long term consequences for women, in how they feel about themselves and for our babies short and long term health and well -being. I believe, as do many today, Respectful, Midwifery – Optimal MotherBabyCare is critical for our communities and societies to address and in such our film is a major contribution to the discussion.
Trish, one of the women in our film talks about her fears, an important topic to consider today. Each woman’s story adds a new dimension to looking at the range of ways that women and men feel and cope with labor and birth. It is time to open up the discussion, and the only way to do that is to show all the is possible and allow women and men to know their options. A quote from my friend Roberta Scaer that sums it up for me. ‘If you don’t know your options you don’t have any!!”. If we only share the status quo of birth today, we will continue to normalize technology and support a model that is no longer providing optimal MotherBaby care.
I hope you can agree and as Karen Brody says: “Be BOLD”, to show women and men in your country an evidence based, wellness approach to one of lives greatest moments for women, men, babies and families.
I am attaching a global initiative that I chair – The International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative, which will help you see that our film is deeply rooted in the research and what our current medicalized model needs to be reminded of.