Following the release of the movie Orgasmic Birth
, film-maker Debra Pascali-Bonero, also a internationally-recognized doula trainer and childbirth educator, teamed up with midwife and educator Elizabeth Davis to write the book Orgasmic Birth
. I love Elizabeth Davis's previous books, including Heart and Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth
, The Women's Wheel of Life
(with midwife Carol Leonard), and Women's Sexual Passages
- so I was thrilled that Debra teamed up with Elizabeth for the Orgasmic Birth book - this is a collaboration of two dynamic and leading birth activists and educators. I've had the pleasure of meeting both Debra and Elizabeth at Midwifery Today conferences in the past, and greatly enjoy both of their energy, classes, and teaching style.
This book is a fairly comprehensive overview of what decisions parents need to make to take back the power in their births, how to encourage intimacy during pregnancy and birth, the role of oxytocin and love hormones in birth, numerous references to some of the best resources, tools, and practices available for expecting parents today. I was impressed with all the different sources of information integrated into the text. The book is filled throughout with anecdotes and stories from mothers about their experiences with pregnancy and birth and what worked for them - some stories are touching, some inspirational, and others quite funny!
The Orgasmic Birth
book (and movie) is not to make an orgasmic birth the ultimate goal, but to inspire parents-to-be to awaken to the truth that birth is an intimate and sexual experience, and to encourage expecting parents to educate and empower themselves to have the best birth possible. For some women that naturally is an orgasmic experience, but for others that may be having privacy, intimate time with their partner, and the undisturbed birth experience to allow them to go into a deep primal laboring space. It is within this space, that deep love and bonding are facilitated in an extraordinary way, and love is the most important ingredient for birth.
More info at: www.orgasmicbirth.com
Also, watch the trailer for the film...