Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret

Orgasmic Birth does not hesitate or equivocate in bringing these vital stories into the light, literally. Robbie Davis-Floyd, one of the film's commentators, points out that we need to tell and hear them -- although often it is not considered all right or polite to do so: Might not women who have had planned or unplanned medical interventions feel inadequate, consider themselves to have failed?

Yet clearly the purpose of this film is not to judge, but to ensure that the knowledge of women's powers and wisdom remains as alive and viable as possible. It succeeds admirably and should be an essential part of education for all those involved in caring for childbearing women.

And why not show it (along with many of the new childbirth films coming out these days) to young women and men in the context of sexuality and life courses, as well as in the area of reproductive rights, to give them a way of approaching childbirth as an empowering event of life? Perhaps it will help build a constituency of mothers and practitioners large enough to tip the scales and create a re-visioning and restructuring of maternity care.

Jane Pincus
P.O. Box 72 Roxbury, Vermont 05669, USA Co-founder,
co-author, and co-editor of
Our Bodies, Ourselves

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1991; 6(3):14–19.

Reprinted from: Birth: Volume 36 Issue 3, Pages 265 – 266
Published Online: 8 Sep 2009
Journal compilation © 2009, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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