Hi, I’m Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Founder & President of Pain to Power Childbirth Experience, Director of the award-winning documentary Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret and co-writer of “Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth” all of which explore the intimate and sacred nature of birth. I am also chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative, Advisor to Human Rights in Childbirth and the International Childbirth Education Association- ICEA. My passion comes from years as a Lamaze International childbirth educator, and birth and postpartum doula trainer with DONA International where I have worked with women, men, midwives, doulas and physicians in over 30 countries bringing comfort, love and pleasure to birth and life!
Now I am offering all this information to you!
Join me to learn more about supporting families in their goal of a safe, satisfying and pleasure birth!
“Debra teaches from the heart, sharing the science and wisdom she has learned as an international birth worker. She’s on a mission to give birth back to women and their families through her innovative Online Childbirth Experience.” » Julie Bonapace, M.Ed. author of The Bonapace Method, Trusting Birth
|Pregnancy: Full of Life - Welcome! Prepare to expand your birthing knowledge and learn how you can turn your Pain to Power. Discover how changing your language can change the way you view birth; learn more about prenatal yoga, homeopathy, chiropractic and more; and be inspired by our videos.||Labor: The Dance Begins - Your hormones are key to having a safe and pleasurable birth. Learn all about your hormones, what they are and how they work. Support your hormones to flow with safety, privacy and comfort techniques, including rebozo and labor positions.||Birth Stories: The Wisdom of Birth - There is nothing more inspiring than images and real-life stories to help you see all that is possible in childbirth. We will offer you tools to learn from every birth story and ways to use them to go deeper into your birth desires. Begin to gather items for your birth bag – we have some surprises for you!||Comfort Techniques: Path to Pleasure - By week 4 you will be asking for more pleasure, please! You will be ready to unleash your creative energy and add to your comfort kit with birth art, dancing/movement, music, rebozo techniques, doulas and exploring which comfort measures make you feel best!||Sensuality & Sexuality - Go deeper into allowing your hormones to flow for a safe, satisfying and pleasurable birth. We will guide you to take a private intimate look into your sensuality and sexuality. We offer ways to bring healing and to create more pleasure as we honor birth as a part of our sacred sexuality.|
|Medical Procedures: Know Your Options - |
Understand your choices and rights to be an active part of making the best decisions for you and your baby. Feel confident to create your birth preferences and be prepared to have a birth full of respect, dignity and to welcome your baby gently with love.
|Cesarean Birth: Gentle C-Section/VBAC - Understand when a cesarean can be a beneficial birth, and how to create a memory that is gentle and loving. If you have had a cesarean birth and are considering your options, this week will guide you as you view some empowering VBAC birth experiences and gain tips and tools to have a gentle birth in any setting that is needed to safely welcome your baby.||Newborns: Your Baby - It’s time to consider all your choices and options in welcoming and caring for your newborn(s). With more great images and resources we will help you create your preferences for the first magical hour with your baby in your arms. Enjoy our experts offering on your Placenta, what your baby is trying to tell you, as well as breastfeeding videos and resources.||Postpartum: Your BabyMoon - Our last week we pull back the curtains on the postpartum time - both the joys and the challenges, and how you can prepare to have a special, sacred and easier transition. We will help you better understand your postpartum body and emotions and ways that your partner can support you and have their own path to parenthood, adjustment and sexuality too.||Understanding Birth - Each week in addition to our class you will have FREE access to Injoy Video’s modules that correspond with each of our unique classes on Pregnancy, Labor Birth Stories, Comfort Techniques, Medical Procedures, Cesarean Birth and Newborns. Learn the basic anatomy, stages and phases of labor/birth and postpartum. Understanding Birth is the perfect complement to Pain to Power!|
Q: What are the course dates?
A: The series will run three times per year. Our upcoming course registration begins in September. Be sure to sign up to receive “10 Big Tips on Moving from Pain to Power”, and receive 3 free videos when registration opens.
Q: How do I need to plan my availability?
A: This class is an online, self-paced course. A new chapter opens every week, allowing you access to previous weeks chapters as well. You will be able to watch videos, read pdfs and review resource links on your own time. The course also offers live Q&As with Debra Pascali-Bonaro, which will be scheduled at various times/dates throughout the course. These Q&As will be recorded for future reference, and in case you are unable to attend live. You will also be guided each week with an in depth email with suggestions for activities, and reading list.
Q: How much time will I need for the program? My schedule is already pretty full!
A: Planning time for Pain to Power in your busy schedule will ensure you won’t let this opportunity slip by. The earlier you prepare the better, as many of the exercises will bring you into decision and ultimately creating your birth vision. You will want to discuss your new knowledge with your caregivers and birth team – the more work you put in the more you can relax and enjoy your birth knowing that everyone knows and understands your desires and will do all they can to support you in the birth of your dreams! Some people will want to have several hours set aside in one day, others will want an hour a day, and some will simply want to skim the content for what they find useful. This program was created in this format so you could choose how & when you want to absorb the material. Just remember, there’s lots of juicy stuff, so the more time you can put toward it the better.
Q: How are the materials delivered? What is the format?
A: The online childbirth class offers recorded videos, “handouts” in the form of downloadable PDFs, and live access to Debra Pascali-Bonaro for questions and support. Each week a new chapter will open and it will be accompanied by a detailed email guiding you through that week’s materials.
Q: Many of my clients end up with c-sections, will this course teach me to be more helpful in supporting them?
A: An entire chapter of this course focuses on gentle cesarean that will help you prepare your clients should one become necessary. The course also covers early labor comfort suggestions, sample birth preferences, information about common interventions, caring for new baby and postpartum care. The chapter also covers postpartum sexuality and information on planning a VBAC should you have clientss that are planning a trial of labor after cesarean.
Q: Many of my clients plan VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean), will this online childbirth class help me to support their birth?
A: Within the “Gentle Cesarean” Chapter we will also be providing you with additional information specific to a vaginal birth after cesarean birth. This will help guide you, as well as our other chapters, to preparing your clientss for the VBAC they desire.