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I'm excited that the wonderful film by Debra Pascali-Bonaro is finished. I can't wait to see it. Meanwhile, I'm publishing Debra's entire press release. I think this film could do much to change our understanding of what birth could be. Go to the site immediately to see astonishing video. This is world-changing!


The Best-Kept Secret--Unveiled

“Orgasmic Birth,” a new documentary film by internationally renowned childbirth educator, doula, and birth activist Debra Pascali-Bonaro, challenges cultural myths by revealing the emotional, spiritual, and physical heights attainable through birth. Viewers witness the passion of birth as an integral part of women’s sexuality and a neglected human right.

Five years in the making, “Orgasmic Birth” will have its world premiere on May 12 at the fifth annual World Respected Childbirth Week conference in Prague, Czech Republic. Subsequent screenings will be held in London on May 29; in Paris on May 30; and in Glasgow on June 4 at the 28th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives.

On May 16, “Orgasmic Birth” will be featured on a segment of “20/20,” the acclaimed ABC-TV news show, as part of its Mother’s Day program. The reporters will interview Debra, who produced and directed the film; women’s health advocate Christiane Northrup, MD, who appears in it; and several of the 11 couples who courageously permitted their birthing experiences to be shown. Dr. Northrup, the author of “Mother-Daughter Wisdom” (Bantam, 2005) and “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” (Bantam, revised 2006), appears frequently on PBS.

Among other well-known health professionals who present their views in the film and discuss evidence-based support of its claims:

 o Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, world-renowned midwife, author, and founder/director of the Farm Midwifery Center in Summertown, Tennessee

 o Maureen Corry, MPH, executive director, Childbirth Connection, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of maternity care

 o Sarah J Buckley, MD, a general practitioner/family physician with qualifications in obstetrics; author of “Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering”

 o Marsden Wagner, MD, former director of Women’s and Children’s Health, World Health Organization

You too can be a part of this exciting project! Go to and:

 o Share your birth experience and read about the birth experiences of others.

 o Sign up to host a local screening of this important documentary. It’s easy with the comprehensive Community Screening Packet developed for the film. Download these materials at the website, where you can register your screening dates (which we will post online), watch a trailer of the film, find a Birth Planning Q&A section by our birth experts, and much more.

Joyous, sensuous, and revolutionary, this pioneering film will compel many to reexamine their perceptions about childbirth. Viewers will understand that the use of normal, undisturbed birthing methods can aid the health and well-being of future generations.

The DVD is available with subtitles in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese and has a remarkable score by John McDowell, composer of the Oscar-winning documentary “Born Into Brothels.”

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