Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Orgasmic Birth

#16 - Review an Independent Movie

Available only in limited screening dates, this documentary follows the intimate birthing journey of eleven women. Each is shown laboring undisturbed in a free, sensuous, joyous moment in a variety of environments and with a mixture of outcomes in the birth process; from homebirth to cesarean without demonizing one or the other. The film begs the question – “ What would happen if women were taught to enjoy birth rather than endure it?”

In answering that question, Orgasmic Birth poses the ultimate challenge to our cultural myths and confronts even the staunchest natural birthing advocates beliefs about birthing.
Filmmaker Debra Pascali-Bonaro reveals a revolutionary approach to birth that is statistically safer and healthier for both mother and child than the birthing and delivery methods that are standard in many parts of the world today.

Although initially this film will appeal to the already converted; it aught to be promoted within mainstream birthing communities and medical practices. It reinforces natural birthing beliefs and gives viewers a solid way to understand natural birth is important - why reform is important. The sad thing is that the majority of people in Australia don't even know that homebirth is legal or possible.

This film reminds us that when women give birth in a safe, private and unobserved space (thanks Sarah Buckley for coining this phrase and promoting this so strongly both at the film night and within her own work.) that pleasure and ecstasy are possible. Hopefully it will encourage more women to seek out such a birth environment and to make choices which will support their parenting and relationship outcomes in years to come.

A must for anyone contemplating parenting, those who are pregnant or those unhappy with the current state of medical intervention and control within birthing.

For more information see Birth Orgasmically

This film is in limited release and available on DVD within Australia from online distributorships - or from Debra in the US.


Mainframeguy said...

Interesting.... Being a guy and from the UK I am not sure I got some of the references (like the "thank you") but it is probably still making a valid point. I was with my daughters mother throughout a planned caesarian and also with my sister through a difficult birth, so cannot relate to it directly, but good to hear it could be like this even if it is hard for me to imagine.

Good luck with nanowrimo by the way... always nice to meet another in the blogosphere.