“Orgasmic Birth” filmmaker profiled

3 October 2008 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

Many in the MFOM community are already aware of the film “Orgasmic Birth” that was released this year. I had the privledge of seeing it already, and I enjoyed its very powerful message that the mind and body are very much one during our labor and birth.

Debra Pascali-Bonari is profiled in the Hackensack Record today for her film and its upcoming segment on 20/20 that so many MFOM members have been waiting to see.

It has been quite a journey for the River Vale childbirth educator, who began her career teaching Lamaze classes.

When expectant couples she taught invited her to accompany them during their baby’s birth, Pascali-Bonaro happily accepted, becoming a birth companion, or coach.

That role was more widely recognized in the 1980s, as Pascali-Bonaro became one of the founding mothers of the “doula” movement, eventually expanding her training work to inner cities and abroad.

From those experiences witnessing the joys and pains of childbirth — in settings ranging from Mexico to New Zealand — the idea for her film was born.

The goal of the movie is to show that giving birth can be more than painful and messy. It can be powerful and life-changing.

Even orgasmic.

The line that keeps resonating for me in the article is a quote from Dr. Christiane Northrup:

“The childbirth movement is full of angry people,” says Christiane Northrup, a holistic obstetrician/gynecologist, author, frequent Oprah guest and host of her own PBS specials. “But Debra is the most gracious, gentle person. She’s not pushing an agenda. She lives the message.”

I guess I agree that the anger felt among childbirth activists is potent and real. It is a human rights issue, however. I can’t imagine anything that a woman is more evolutionarily wired to feel protective about than if someone violates her needs while birthing.

What do you think?

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