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Giving birth is a uniquely rewarding experience that for many women represents a powerfully moving physical and emotional accomplishment. Too often, though, the experience is approached with trepidation and even fear, and shaped by external forces. In Orgasmic Birth, childbirth experts Elizabeth Davis and Debra Pascali-Bonaro show that there is a way to recapture the power and intimacy-even discover the ecstatic satisfaction-of the birth process. In this inspiring and practical handbook, they provide ...
Giving birth is a uniquely rewarding experience that for many women represents a powerfully moving physical and emotional accomplishment. Too often, though, the experience is approached with trepidation and even fear, and shaped by external forces. In Orgasmic Birth, childbirth experts Elizabeth Davis and Debra Pascali-Bonaro show that there is a way to recapture the power and intimacy-even discover the ecstatic satisfaction-of the birth process. In this inspiring and practical handbook, they provide comprehensive guidelines for getting the most pleasure out of birth, from pursuing sympathetic prenatal care to choosing the ideal birthing location, tuning into body and mind, reducing stress levels, and avoiding invasive exams and procedures. Enlightening, down-to-earth, and complete with moving stories from mothers who have experienced childbirth on their own terms, as well as from the partners who shared their joy, Orgasmic Birth will help women take control and play an active role in experiencing empowering, memorable births.
Part 1 How to Have an Orgasmic Birth 1
Step 1 Know Birth 3
Step 2 Know Your Options 27
Step 3 Be Healthy 58
Step 4 Be Vibrantly Sexual 86
Step 5 Expect the Unexpected 116
Step 6 Orgasmic Birth, Orgasmic Life 141
Part 2 Orgasmic Birth: A Trimester-by-Trimester Guide 167
Part 3 The Stories 183
Appendix A 254
Appendix B 257
Appendix C 258
Posted August 12, 2010
I am currently almost 40 weeks pregnant and planning a home birth with a midwife who just lent me this newly released book. I have been scouring for natural birth resources for months. I have read dozens of books and seen many films, including the Orgasmic Birth film. Both the film and this book are well done and are excellent resources for anyone interested in natural childbirth.
I completely disagree with the previous reviewer's opinion. It seems to me that she did not read this book and is basing her review on certain parts of the film only. I found the film informative and was not at all offended by it. In my opinion, there is nothing incestuous about the idea that a woman could enjoy the birth of her child. We are so conditioned in our culture to believe that childbirth must be painful, terrifying, and dangerous... I found reading the previous review sad. I don't think anyone should be ashamed at wanting to have a positive birth experience, whether it happens to result in orgasm or not. And both the film and the book present so much more information than only the 'orgasm' aspect; I hope people will choose to not be reactionary to the sexual aspects and listen more deeply.
Personally, I'm so glad this book came out before my due date! I devoured it in just a couple of days... it is my favorite book on natural birth thus far. This book takes the film and goes much deeper into the research and implications. I've worked with a Neurofeedback therapist for two years who talks about alpha, beta, and theta brain waves... so I was familiar with the lingo. This book did such a great job of explaining the complex connections between the mother's experience of birth and how the brain functions. The different brain wave states correspond to different hormones- fascinating and scientifically based! Yet it is explained in the book so that the layperson can understand. No other natural childbirth book presents birth in this way. What a great addition to the literature available to women. This book gives concrete scientific explanations and leads to increased confidence in approaching natural birth. Anyone who is skeptical that birth can indeed be completely natural and ecstatic needs to read this! Do not be made uncomfortable by the title, this is not a gimmick.... birth is part of our sexuality and not something to be afraid of. Thank you to the authors for presenting this material in such a clear and inspiring way.
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The film associated with this book was recently recommended to my husband and I as we look forward to the upcoming birth of our child, and as a result, we rented it through Netflix last week. We watched the film in its entirety, from beginning to end--hoping that we would receive some benefit from it. When it was over, we were both left with an overwhelming sense of disgust.
We are very much in favor of natural childbirth for low-risk mothers, but rather than being particularly educational or informative in a preparative way for natural childbirth, the film focuses on promoting the notion that birth, not only can, but should be a very sexual, sensual process, and that embracing sensuality during birth should be encouraged. Mothers and experts throughout the film communicate that women can and should experience sexual pleasure in feeling their baby's pass through their birth canal, and that if lucky, women can experience the most incredible, intense orgasms of their lives as they experience their baby's being born.
The ultimate implication of the message communicated throughout the film is essentially that women not only can, and do, but should "get off" on their own children as they are being born. My husband and I are both very shocked and disturbed, not only that this film was made, but that no one in the film seems to comprehend what it is they are actually suggesting. This film and its message are extremely perverted, disgusting, and incestuous.
If the message, itself, was not enough, the film, throughout, portrays several different naked mothers screaming with sexual, orgasmic pleasure as they orgasm to the birth of their children. The one woman towards the end who was rolling her eyes ridiculously and laughing in overwhelming sexual pleasure directly into the camera as she was giving birth was the worst. My husband and I were both struck by how obvious it was that this woman was completely exaggerating and putting on a show for the camera--she seriously had "porn star wannabe" written all over her. When she was being interviewed after the fact, she shamelessly boasted about having had two incredible, rolling orgasms during her child's birth.
If there are some women whose bodies naturally respond in an orgasm when they are giving birth, without them doing anything to encourage this reaction in their bodies, then obviously it is something that could not be helped, and does not mean they are trying to be perverted with their kids. Don't advertise it to the world though! Do you really think your mom, sister, best friend, and midwife need or want to hear you screaming "Yeah, yeah, yeah!!!!" in sexual pleasure right in front of them??? NO WAY!!! When a woman purposefully tries to promote sensuality and encourages herself to orgasm while her baby is passing through her birth canal, that is downright, and utterly sick.
Just because childbirth is part of the reproductive process, it does not follow that it has to be sexual. It is the childbirth part of the reproductive process, not the sexual part! The filmmakers of this documentary seemed to get this point very confused and mixed up.
Considering this book was written by the same people who produced the film, be warned.
For a much more educational, informative, inspiring, and motivational film in support of natural childbirth, check out "The Business of Being Born" with Ricki Lake. That film was excellent, and it provided
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Posted July 26, 2012