102 episodes

Orgasmic Birth Podcast: Pleasure in pregnancy, birth and parenting. I believe pleasure is our birthright - from our sexuality, birth, parenting and beyond, we can find pleasure when we create space for joy and intimacy in our lives. Join me to have deep conversations about breaking the taboos of Sexuality + Motherhood/Parenthood.

Listen to leading experts in sexuality, healing and childbirth as well as stories from new parents, doulas, doctors, midwives and nurses. We will discuss how to positively prepare for childbirth and parenting by expanding love and intimacy in your life.

Orgasmic Birth Debra Pascali Bonaro

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Orgasmic Birth Podcast: Pleasure in pregnancy, birth and parenting. I believe pleasure is our birthright - from our sexuality, birth, parenting and beyond, we can find pleasure when we create space for joy and intimacy in our lives. Join me to have deep conversations about breaking the taboos of Sexuality + Motherhood/Parenthood.

Listen to leading experts in sexuality, healing and childbirth as well as stories from new parents, doulas, doctors, midwives and nurses. We will discuss how to positively prepare for childbirth and parenting by expanding love and intimacy in your life.

    The Potent Birthing Body with Christine Mason

    The Potent Birthing Body with Christine Mason

    Ep 102 Description: 
    “Your body belongs to you. Your body isn't for someone else's pleasure. It's not an ornament.” —Christine Mason
    The female body undergoes profound changes during pregnancy and childbirth. As the womb expands to nurture new life, the body's shape and functions are transformed. However, societal attitudes have not always celebrated these transformations, with pregnant and postpartum women facing criticism and shame regarding their changing forms. In recent years, there has been a growing movement to reclaim the potent beauty and power of the birthing body. By reframing stretch marks as badges of motherhood and embracing the sensuality of breastfeeding, women are rediscovering the dignity and strength inherent to their reproductive experiences.
    Hence, in this episode we are shifting the focus on loving and valuing the changing bodies of pregnant and postpartum women. This week, Debra sits with Christine Mason, a mother, author, and founder of Rosebud Woman . Christine emphasizes the power of reconnecting with one's inner radiance to overcome societal objectification and fully step into the beauty and power of female reproduction.
    Tune in as Debra and Christine discuss the challenges with body image, ways to heal trauma and reconnect with one's body, practical tips and perspectives on caring for the physical changes of pregnancy and childbirth, as well as honoring the transformative role of motherhood. 
     
    If you are a doula, nurse, midwife, or birth worker who would like to expand your practice with pleasure and Orgasmic Birth - Learn more at https://www.orgasmicbirth.com/orgasmic-birth-practitioner-training/ 
     
    Debra also has a class on positively preparing for a cesarean or a VBAC vaginal birth after cesarean https://orgasmicbirth.thinkific.com/courses/cesarean-vbac 



    Connect with Debra!
    Website: https://www.orgasmicbirth.com 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/orgasmicbirth
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/OrgasmicBirth 
    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/OrgasmicBirth1 
    Tik Tok https://www.tiktok.com/@orgasmicbirth 
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debra-pascali-bonaro-1093471 



    Episode Highlights:
    02:49 Birth Experiences and Their Impact on Motherhood 
    08:40 Healing Trauma and Loving the Female Body 
    13:54 Reframing Stretch Marks
    18:50 Postpartum Care and Recovery 
    24:10 Restoring the Power and Dignity of Women’s Bodies
     

    • 29 min
    Why Pleasure Matters with Dr. Nan Wise

    Why Pleasure Matters with Dr. Nan Wise

    Ep 101 Description: 
    “If we can learn to tolerate our feelings of emotional pain, grief, loss, sadness, and anxiety, we open up the possibility of being able to feel more pleasure. And it starts with the body.” —Dr. Nan Wise
    Pleasure is a fundamental part of the human experience that enhances well-being and quality of life. The ability to experience joy and satisfaction promotes relaxation, reduces stress, and strengthens our relationships and connections with others. Yet modern lifestyles often leave little time for leisure, play, and mindfulness of sensations in our own bodies.  
    This week’s episode explores the neuroscience of pleasure and how stress impacts our ability to experience joy with our expert guest, Dr. Nan Wise. Why Good Sex Matters author, Dr. Wise, is a certified sex therapist, relationship specialist, and neuroscience researcher. Her studies help address the gaps in literature regarding the neural basis of human sexuality. Dr. Nan is passionate about teaching her clients techniques to manage stress and experience more pleasure in their daily lives and relationships.
     
    Listen in as Debra and Dr. Wise offer strategies to regulate the nervous system and access pleasure pathways in the brain and tools pregnant women can use to prepare emotionally for birth. They also delve into how stress can "hijack" brain chemistry and impact mental health, the brain's core emotional systems, the importance of self-care for mothers, and redefining sexuality beyond intercourse to embrace embodiment and connection.



    If you would like to Positively Prepare for Birth - check out our Pleasurable Birth Essentials online classes  or if you are a doula take our  free challenge of  5 Essential Tools to Enhance Pleasure-Centered Birth: 
     
    https://orgasmicbirth.app.clientclub.net/courses/offers/f09cf842-9294-41f3-941e-ab4cd6833a59 
     
    https://www.orgasmicbirth.com/orgasmic-birth-practitioner-training/ 




    Connect with Debra!
    Website: https://www.orgasmicbirth.com 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/orgasmicbirth
    X: https://twitter.com/OrgasmicBirth 
    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/OrgasmicBirth1 
    Tik Tok https://www.tiktok.com/@orgasmicbirth 
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debra-pascali-bonaro-1093471 



    Episode Highlights:
    03:11 Managing Stress and Anxiety  
    09:10 Brain Function and Emotions
    14:21 The Importance of Emotional Intelligence During Pregnancy and Childbirth
    22:03 Redefining Sexuality During Pregnancy and Parenthood 
    25:15 The Origin of Emotions

    • 30 min
    Similarities Between Preparing for an Orgasmic Birth and Sex with Debra Pascali-Bonaro

    Similarities Between Preparing for an Orgasmic Birth and Sex with Debra Pascali-Bonaro

    Ep 100 Description: 
    “Birth and sex are transformative, intimate, and deserving of safe private spaces that honor the essence of the experience.” —Debra Pascali-Bonaro
     
    We welcome you to EPISODE 100!! 
     
    Our podcast has hit its pleasure peak as it reached its century mark all thanks to you, our dear listeners. 
     
    And what better way to celebrate this milestone than to reclaim birth as a natural and pleasurable experience with a heartwarming and insightful message from your host, Debra herself! 
    Societal conventions have long inhibited an open discussion of birth's inherent sexuality. However, when a woman's experience of her changing and birthing body is shrouded in silence rather than embraced as natural, she is deprived of cultivating an environment to honor birth's intimacy.  
    In this episode, Debra talks about transforming childbirth from a medicalized procedure to a natural, pleasurable experience by embracing its inherent connections to sexuality. Listen in as she discusses how physiological and psychological factors can either enhance pleasure and flow or diminish these experiences during both labor, delivery, and intimacy. Debra also shares mind-body techniques that can help women get "out of their head" and fully into their body, the role of embodiment practices, how to cultivate a safe space to honor birth's intimate nature, and challenging the societal norms that have stripped away acknowledgment of birth's sexual elements. The overall message emphasizes
    If you are a doula, nurse, midwife, or birth worker who would like to expand your practice with pleasure and Orgasmic Birth - Learn more at https://www.orgasmicbirth.com/orgasmic-birth-practitioner-training/ 
     
    Debra also has a class on positively preparing for a cesarean or a VBAC vaginal birth after cesarean https://orgasmicbirth.thinkific.com/courses/cesarean-vbac 



    Connect with Debra!
    Website: https://www.orgasmicbirth.com 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/orgasmicbirth
    X: https://twitter.com/OrgasmicBirth 
    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/OrgasmicBirth1 
    Tik Tok https://www.tiktok.com/@orgasmicbirth 
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debra-pascali-bonaro-1093471 



    Episode Highlights:
    00:50 Guess What?
    06:27 Factors That Impact Pregnancy, Labor, and Delivery
    14:06 The Importance of Creating a Safe Space for Birth
    19:48 Birth is Intimate and Sexy
     

    • 22 min
    It’s a Business Doing Pleasure! with Alexandra Fine

    It’s a Business Doing Pleasure! with Alexandra Fine

    Ep 99 Description: 
    “Pleasure was a part of what it meant to feel good in life. Sexual identities are important that these things are worth investing and understanding.” —Alexandra Fine
    While male sexuality is frequently encouraged or normalized in mainstream culture, female sexuality and pleasure are often negative and stigmatizing. As a result, women face barriers in openly discussing their bodies and experiences with sexuality. This leads to women's health being politicized and their access to information and tools related to pleasure being restricted. However, perspectives are gradually shifting as more voices advocate for women's rights to explore their sexuality freely and pursue fulfillment in their intimate relationships without shame.  
    Alexandra Fine is a sexologist and the co-founder of Dame Products, a company that designs tools specifically tailored to help women explore pleasure and reclaim their sexuality. Through her work at Dame Products and as an advocate, she aims to have open discussions around female sexuality and empower women.
    Tune in as Debra and Alexandra share insight into navigating sexuality, childbirth, and parenting while challenging stigmas around female pleasure. They also discussed societal attitudes towards female pleasure, the challenges of promoting healthy views of sexuality, how vibrators can be used for pain management during labor and birth, and more. 
     
    If you would like to Positively Prepare for Birth - check out our Pleasurable Birth Essentials online classes  or if you are a doula take our  free challenge of  5 Essential Tools to Enhance Pleasure-Centered Birth: 
     
    https://orgasmicbirth.app.clientclub.net/courses/offers/f09cf842-9294-41f3-941e-ab4cd6833a59 
     
    https://www.orgasmicbirth.com/orgasmic-birth-practitioner-training/ 




    Connect with Debra!
    Website: https://www.orgasmicbirth.com 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/orgasmicbirth
    X: https://twitter.com/OrgasmicBirth 
    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/OrgasmicBirth1 
    Tik Tok https://www.tiktok.com/@orgasmicbirth 
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debra-pascali-bonaro-1093471 



    Episode Highlights:
    04:14 The Business of Pleasure
    09:30 The Journey: Childbirth, Parenting, and Sexuality 
    15:39 Societal Attitudes Toward Female Pleasure and Sexuality
    20:51 Vibrators for Pain Management
     

    • 25 min
    VBAC Facts: Demystifying Common Misconceptions with Decades of Evidence with Jen Kamel

    VBAC Facts: Demystifying Common Misconceptions with Decades of Evidence with Jen Kamel

    Ep 98 Description: 
    “Once you have the facts, once you have confidence in your information, you have confidence in your decision. You don't need to justify that to anyone. It's not your job to educate the world unless you decide it is.” —Jen Kamel
    VBAC— Vaginal Birth After Cesarean is a common yet controversial choice that many birthing people face. While the evidence has long supported VBAC as a safe option for most, widespread myths and misinformation continue to obscure the facts. 
    In this episode, leading VBAC advocate Jen Kamel sets out to separate myth from reality once and for all. She delves into the numerous misconceptions that have taken hold over the years: from beliefs that VBAC is only suitable for a select few, to exaggerations of its risks, to the idea that repeat c-sections are always safer. 
    Debra and Jen also discuss practical tips on finding supportive providers and navigating unsupportive opinions, the importance of fully informed consent, and the power of realizing one's autonomy in their birth decisions despite barriers.
    For anyone with a personal or professional stake in empowering low-risk vaginal births, this can't-miss discussion is a must-listen to counter the barrage of VBAC myths and understand the option in its proper evidence-based light.
     
    If you are a doula, nurse, midwife, or birth worker who would like to expand your practice with pleasure and Orgasmic Birth - Learn more at https://www.orgasmicbirth.com/orgasmic-birth-practitioner-training/ 
     
    Debra also has a class on positively preparing for a cesarean or a VBAC vaginal birth after cesarean https://orgasmicbirth.thinkific.com/courses/cesarean-vbac 



    Connect with Debra!
    Website: https://www.orgasmicbirth.com 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/orgasmicbirth
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/OrgasmicBirth 
    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/OrgasmicBirth1 
    Tik Tok https://www.tiktok.com/@orgasmicbirth 
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debra-pascali-bonaro-1093471 



    Episode Highlights:
    02:47 Advocacy for Respectful Care
    07:18 VBAC Risks, Candidacy, and Decision-Making
    12:21 Finding Supportive Providers
    16:59 VBAC Access and Midwifery Legislation
    20:46 VBAC Rates and Barriers in the US  
    25:29 VBAC Tools and Resources
     

    • 30 min
    Preparing for a Positive Cesarean Birth with Nicole Heidbreder and Amir Niroumand

    Preparing for a Positive Cesarean Birth with Nicole Heidbreder and Amir Niroumand

    Ep 97 Description: 
    “If that's something that I could encourage other pregnant people to do, is to try to have that clarity about their wants and their needs and their desires, and then to verbalize from a place of clarity to their provider. That inner state of clarity is very important in the conversation.” —Nicole Heidbreder
    “My job was to not try to fix things and be more of a listener.”  —Amir Niroumand
    While vaginal birth is often seen as the ideal, for many birthing experts a medically-necessary cesarean section is the safest option. However, the sterility and clinical nature of surgery can make cesareans feel less personal than desired. But with intentional planning, cesareans can still honor a person's needs and vision for birth. 
    In this episode, we are joined by DONA International approved Birth doula trainer, Nicole Heidbreder and her partner, Amir Niromand. As a labor and delivery nurse and birth doula of many years, Nicole had clear visions for her own birth plans. However, after struggling to conceive for over a year and experiencing multiple miscarriages, she was forced to reconsider everything.
    Nicole and Amir discuss their journey trying to conceive for over a year, which included multiple miscarriages. Nicole explains how her history as a labor and delivery nurse and doula led to shifting her birth plans after being diagnosed with fibroids. She details emotionally accepting surgery and a planned cesarean. Nicole created a supportive medical team and shares her vision for a "magnificent cesarean" honoring her, Amir, and their transition to parenthood, outlining her birth and postpartum plans. 
    Tune in and learn the importance of grieving loss, the role of clear communication with medical providers, the impact of community support, and the power of crafting a birth centered on the birthing person's needs, voice, and choice.



    If you are a doula, nurse, midwife, or birth worker who would like to expand your practice with pleasure and Orgasmic Birth - Learn more at https://www.orgasmicbirth.com/orgasmic-birth-practitioner-training/ 
     
    Debra also has a class on positively preparing for a cesarean or a VBAC vaginal birth after cesarean https://orgasmicbirth.thinkific.com/courses/cesarean-vbac 



    Connect with Debra!
    Website: https://www.orgasmicbirth.com 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/orgasmicbirth
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/OrgasmicBirth 
    YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/OrgasmicBirth1 
    Tik Tok https://www.tiktok.com/@orgasmicbirth 
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debra-pascali-bonaro-1093471 



    Episode Highlights:
    02:59 pregnancy and Loss 
    10:43 Shifting Birth Vision and Creating a Supportive team
    16:42 Grief and Healing After Pregnancy Loss
    20:48 Preparation for a Planned Cesarean Section  
    26:43 Postpartum Preferences 
    32:10 The Role of the Community in Providing Supportive Care
    34:39 Honoring the Mother’s Voice and Choice
     

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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62 Ratings

62 Ratings

77Tom ,

Fantastic interviews and info!

Debra has so much valuable info to share for mothers-to-be and anyone who assists in the birthing process. It is so inspiring to hear the birth stories from women and to hear from the experts. I’m so thankful she started this podcast. What an amazing resource!

doulanic ,

This podcast is a must for pregnant people

Debra’s podcast is the perfect mix of informational and inspirational!!! She is a gift to all pregnant people. You will not regret listening to this podcast.

MayriMidwife ,

Great Resource!!!

Debra Pascali Banaro and her work on getting the word out about orgasmic birth is a gift to us all. This information should be available to all women having babies. As a midwife and a doctorally prepared professor, I would recommend this
Podcast to everyone.

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