Orgasmic Birth, a new documentary film by first time filmmaker Debra Pascali-Bonaro, is generating tremendous attention and quite a bit of controversy. It was originally featured on a special presentation of “20/20” Friday, January 2, 2009. Previously only seen at film festivals and educational screenings, this highly rated ABC program kicked off an hour-long special on what has been titled “Extreme Motherhood.” The segment on Orgasmic Birth and ecstatic births should be required viewing IMHO. It features Ms. Pascali-Bonaro along with OB/GYN Dr. Christiane Northrup, and several women whose births are featured in the film.
The film is shattering traditional impressions of labor and delivery by showing that the natural birth process can actually be a euphoric experience!
“With 4.3 million babies born in the U.S. each year it’s time to reexamine what we’ve been told and look to what is possible,” says director Debra Pascali-Bonaro, an internationally renowned childbirth educator and doula who witnessed so many ecstatic births she was inspired to begin filming them. “If you don’t know all your options then you don’t have any. Orgasmic Birth will strip away your fears and reveal how to create a powerful and transformative experience. It is time to reclaim this sacred event.”
Five years in the making, Orgasmic Birth has had an international impact on the film festival circuit and was screened this year at the prestigious Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Baltimore Women’s Film Festival, Usti Film Festival in the Czech Republic, and Festival Caminhos in Portugal, to name a few. It won the Audience Choice Award at the 2008 MotherBaby International Film Festival in Bermuda.