Ecstatic Birth Training Sessions

How do you harness the power and pleasure in your body to have a safe and easy delivery?
Can you really enjoy childbirth? How is that possible? Is it possible for you?
How do you navigate your birth option to find the ones that are right for you?

You will learn all this and more directly from the experts in the field.  Included  are 20- 90 minute MP3s (and transcripts) of juicy material moderated by Sheila Kamara Hay and featuring Dr. Christiane Northrup, Ina May Gaskin, Mama Gena, Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Sheri Winston and many other leaders in the worlds of childbirth and female health and sensuality.

The Ecstatic Birth Training Sessions are delivered in two modules:

Module One: The Foundation Series lays the foundation for Ecstatic Birth preparation and support. Topics include:

*The growth and pleasure potential available to women in the birth journey
*The underlying philosophy and physiology inherent in the ecstatic birth experience
*How to consciously create a birth environment conducive to experiencing an ecstatic birth
*The importance of a woman’s relation to her sensuality, how to deepen the connection, and tap into it during birth
*Concrete tools and exercises for ecstatic and potentially orgasmic birth preparation
*How to flip the current cultural model of expectant mother as object, and prepare and experience birth from an empowered stance
*How to surrender and party with all that comes up during birth, especially the unexpected

Module Two: The Body Series explores living in your body, accessing the power, pleasure, and wisdom from within, and how to integrate that in childbirth. Topics include:

*The interwoven nature of a woman’s birthing and sexual anatomy and how deeply this informs our birth experience
*How to get out of our heads and prepare for “birth as a body trip”
*The importance of a woman’s relationship to her sensuality, and how to deepen this connection and tap into it during birth
*Concrete tools and exercises for ecstatic and potentially orgasmic birth preparation
*The underlying physiology inherent in the ecstatic birth experience
*Practices to fully inhabit the body and connect to its innate wisdom

Ready to soak in this groundbreaking information?

 

Ecstatic Birth Training Sessions Module One: The Foundation Series

Session 1: Christiane Northrup, M.D.

The leading expert in women’s health and sensuality illuminates the challenges in creating an Ecstatic Birth experience, given current birthing conditions. She will discuss why pleasure — physical, emotional, or spiritual — is a necessary ingredient in birth and the steps we can take now, both in the hospital and at home, to infuse the birth process with more pleasure. Christiane Northrup, M.D., a board-certified ob/gyn, is a visionary pioneer, beloved authority in women’s health and wellness, and the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestsellers Women’s Bodies,Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause. For more information about Dr. Northrup and her Wisdom Circle, please visit DrNorthrup.com.

Session 2: Sheri Winston

This revolutionary midwife-turned-sexual-educator discusses the ecstatic journeys of birth and sex, the inherent connections between the altered states of consciousness of labor and birth, and sexual arousal and orgasm. She provides exercises that women can practice to make these trance states more accessible. Sheri Winston (CNM, RN, BSN, LMT) is a nationally known sex teacher, author, and former midwife. Her 2009 book,Women’s Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure, recently won the 2010 AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) Book of the Year award. For more information, please visit intimateartscenter.com.

Session 3: Debra Pascali-Bonaro

The director of the groundbreaking film and co-author of the book Orgasmic Birth addresses how to set the stage for a safe, satisfying, pleasurable birth, beginning with pregnancy preparation, environment, role of the partner, sensations (movement, touch, surrender), and handling prior abuse — all the way through to the moments of ecstasy, transformation, power, and birth. Debra is co-chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI), where she works with international organizations, Ministers of Health, and grassroots community organizations to create optimal models of maternity care. She is an inspirational international speaker and a Lamaze International-certified childbirth educator and teacher trainer with Passion for Birth. Debra is a mother of five. For more information, please visit orgasmicbirth.com.

Session 4: Laura Shanley

This pioneer and ecstatic birth advocate discusses clearing the major beliefs that prevent most women from experiencing an ecstatic birth: the idea that birth is inherently painful and inherently dangerous. When we understand that our fears are based on myths, not truths, they simply fade away. Laura Shanley is a writer, speaker, birth consultant, and author of the book Unassisted Childbirth. She is widely known as the “godmother” of the unassisted childbirth movement, and has been interviewed for print media, radio, television, and film throughout the world. She and her dog, Molly, live in Boulder, Colorado, where Laura maintains a website devoted to the topic of unassisted childbirth. For more information, please visit unassistedchildbirth.com.

Session 5: Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova

The director, producer, and workshop facilitator of Birth as We Know It, discusses conscious procreation, the importance of learning how to create the new generation consciously, and the different ways to approach conscious conception, pregnancy, and birth. A Russian-born visionary who after 25 years of intense soul-searching is now sharing her insights on the mechanisms and tools for creating our own reality. Elena had her first formal training in Russia at the College of Arts in theater. Since 1982 working closely with the waterbirth pioneer Igor Charkovsky, she moved on to organizing birth camps at the Black Sea and delivering babies amidst wild dolphins. Together, they launched a program of natural delivery and birth trauma release for adults as well as for babies. For more information, please visit birthintobeing.com.

Session 6: Nekole Shapiro

The founder of TantricBirth explores the significance of oxytocin in the birthing process and share different strategies to increase the level of (oxytocin inducing) connection and intimacy in the birthing room, both between the individuals present at birth and between a woman and her body. The process of birthing a baby grants you access to the depths of yourself and the power your life force brings to this earth. Harvesting the experience for these gifts requires support. Nekole Shapiro synthesizes a lifetime of experience as a body worker and Tantric practitioner, her birthing experiences as a mother and doula, and her profound love of science into TantricBirth, a holistic approach to the birthing experience. For more information, please visit embodiedbirth.com.

Session 7: Hari Kaur Khalsa

This global kundalini yoga and meditation teacher addresses the sacred spiritual nature of Woman and the power of the feminine energy as it relates to conception, pregnancy, and childbirth. She also shares meditation techniques specific to birth service providers, pregnant women, future mothers, and women at large. Hari Kaur Khalsa is a yogini, teacher and author, sharing the powerful and healing teachings of Kundalini Yoga with students of all levels around the world. Hari leads classes, workshops, and teacher training programs and is known for building communities of spirit. Hari’s two books, A Woman’s Book of Yoga – Embracing Our Natural Life Cycles (Penguin 2002) and A Woman’s Book of Meditation – Discovering the Power of a Peaceful Mind (Penguin 2006) help women worldwide. For more information, please visit reachhari.com.

Session 8: Ina May Gaskin InaMay-1

The “Mother of Midwifery,” opens the floor to participants questions about Ecstatic Birth. Ina May Gaskin is a visionary and pioneer in the field of natural childbirth and a powerful advocate for a woman’s right to give birth without excessive and unnecessary medical intervention. Her books Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth inspire women to reduce the fear of childbirth by regaining confidence in their bodies and assuring them that their bodies still work! Ina May also developed the Gaskin Maneuver, the first obstetrical maneuver to be named after a midwife. The Gaskin Maneuver embodies the essence of midwifery by using simple body movements to facilitate a difficult birth. Ina May transformed her observation of increasing maternal mortality in the U.S. into The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, a national effort to honor those women who have died of pregnancy-related causes during the past twenty years and to draw public attention to the unchanging maternal death rate in this country. As a speaker and educator, Ina May continues to delight listeners by infusing her sharp command of birth research and statistics with the wry humor that punctuates her writing. For more information, please visit Inamay.com.

Session 9: Saida Désilets

Saida discusses how a woman can strengthen her connection with her most intimate relationship — the relationship with herself. She will also teach about conscious energy cultivation and flow during birth and introduce the Jade Egg techniques for pre-pregnancy and post-partum pelvic floor conditioning. Saida Désilets, Ph.D., is the founder of The Désilets Method and author of The Emergence of the Sensual Woman. She is sought worldwide for her expertise in the field of conscious sexual energy cultivation and brings an innovative approach to the ancient wisdom of Taoist energy cultivation practices in a fun, simple, and practical method. Her newest online course, Enhancing Sexual Vitality, provides women with in-depth, easy to understand information that creates measurable results, such as greater pelvic health, more pleasure, more emotional awareness, and more succulence. She embodies her teachings and loves to celebrate the radiant beauty in all women. For more information, please visit thedesiletsmethod.com.

Session 10: Jaiya Ma

This new mother and progressive sexual wellness expert shares her personal experience in actively, consciously preparing for an orgasmic birth and will provide techniques to enable women on their own journeys. Jaiya, one of the best educated sexual wellness expert, recently dove into a new frontier of sensuality as she took her own life experience of becoming a mother and is now coaching other women through the journey of orgasmic birth. With a background in Theatrical arts she brings fun, creativity and sexiness to her teaching. You may have seen her on Playboy’s #1 rated show “Foursome” as a Tantra Expert, The Tyra Banks Show talking about Alternative Relationships or one of her many Sex With Jaiya videos as a spokes model for Liberator. Jaiya features her work on her weekly syndicated radio show that draws hundreds of thousands of listeners. For more information, please visit newworldsexeducation.com.

“I love, love, LOVE Ecstatic Birth and the permission it gives woman to be free, yummy, powerful, incredible, sexy, sexual, full of love, and birth how we are suppose to birth (ourselves and our babies)! The teachers have been amazing and the book references they gave have been transformative!!!!” —Andrea F., Doula and Participant in The Ecstatic Birth Foundation Series. Cick here to read more testimonials.

Order the Ecstatic Birth Training Sessions today to download The Ecstatic Birth Foundation Series and The Ecstatic Birth Body Series.

 

Ecstatic Birth Training Sessions Module Two: The Body Series

 

Session 1: Sheri Winston

This revolutionary midwife-turned-sexual-educator teaches her signature Woman’s Anatomy of Arousal class from the perspective of a birthing woman. Participants gain a thorough understanding of a woman’s sexual and birthing anatomy, which are similar in many ways above and beyond form. Sheri Winston (CNM, RN, BSN, LMT) is a nationally known sex teacher, author, and former midwife. Her 2009 book,Women’s Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure, recently won the 2010 AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) Book of the Year award. For more information, please visit intimateartscenter.com.

Session 2: Mama Gena

The pleasure revolutionary known as Mama Gena, discusses a woman’s infinite potential for accessing pleasure and deep wisdom through her body and introduces ways to connect with this potential. She also share strategies on how to make something that might seem unpleasurable, pleasurable, an invaluable tool given our current birthing culture. Regena Thomashauer (Mama Gena) is a revolution: an icon, teacher, author, mother and one of a handful of pioneers on the planet researching the nature of pleasure and dedicating her life to the discipline of pleasure and fun. Regena uses her more than fifteen years of research and her knowledge of female pleasure to open doors for women today by giving them a context in which to maximize their power, passion, enthusiasm and creativity. For more information, please visit mamagenas.com.

Session 3: Nekole Shapiro

Birth is a body trip, not a head trip. Tantric Birth founder, Nekole Shapiro empowers participants to deepen their connections with their bodies and shares practices that will get women into their bodies in preparation for childbirth. The process of birthing a baby grants you access to the depths of yourself and the power your life force brings to this earth. Harvesting the experience for these gifts requires support. Nekole Shapiro synthesizes a lifetime of experience as a body worker and Tantric practitioner, her birthing experiences as a mother and doula, and her profound love of science into TantricBirth, a holistic approach to the birthing experience. For more information, please visit tantricbirth.com.

Session 4: Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova

Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova, birth visionary and director of the revolutionary documentary, ‘Birth As We Know It’, will talk about body’s limbic imprint, what it is and how it effects our life and births, and ways to consciously rewrite it for more ecstatic living and birthing. Since 1982 working closely with the waterbirth pioneer Igor Charkovsky, Elena moved on to organizing birth camps at the Black Sea and delivering babies amidst wild dolphins. Together, they launched a program of natural delivery and birth trauma release for adults as well as for babies. Elena travels extensively teaching her ‘Birth Into Being’ workshops and trainings, publishing articles, and giving talks at conferences and numerous radio interviews. For more information, please visit birthintobeing.com.

Session 5: Sheila Kelley

Founder of the of feminine movement revolution S factor, Sheila Kelley, discusses the deep wisdom that resides in our bodies and how to access it through movement. Sheila Kelley is a passionate voice for the advancement of women in the world. She is an esteemed actress, author, filmmaker and dancer. She is founder of feminine movement revolution S factor, which is empowering women to inhabit and enjoy their bodies and their sensuality through dance. S Factor is the original and most popular pole dancing and striptease workout designed to nurture a woman’s natural S shape, promoting health, confidence and empowerment for all ages and body types. For more information, visit sfactor.com.

Session 6: Saida Désilets

Saida Désilets, PHD, and author of The Emergence of the Sensual Woman, provides participants with an understanding of the the state of Omni Orgasm, and share ideas and exercises to make it more accessible. Saida Désilets, Ph.D., is the founder of The Désilets Method and is sought worldwide for her expertise in the field of conscious sexual energy cultivation and brings an innovative approach to the ancient wisdom of Taoist energy cultivation practices in a fun, simple, and practical method. Her newest online course, Enhancing Sexual Vitality, provides women with in-depth, easy to understand information that creates measurable results, such as greater pelvic health, more pleasure, more emotional awareness, and more succulence. She embodies her teachings and loves to celebrate the radiant beauty in all women. For more information, please visit thedesiletsmethod.com.

Session 7: Aviva Romm

Aviva Romm MD, lays the foundation for nurturing the body- before, during, and after pregnancy. Before becoming a medical doctor, Aviva Romm practiced as a homebirth midwife and herbalist for over 20 years, becoming one of the first certified professional midwives in the US and writing her now classic books The Natural Pregnancy Book and Naturally Healthy Babies and Children. Aviva’s goal is to serve as a bridge between the alternative and conventional medical communities, fostering the growth of a truly integrative, trans-disciplinary health care model. For more information, visit avivaromm.com.

Session 8: Akal Kaur

Akal Kaur, Khalsa Way Pregnancy Yoga teacher trainer and registered nurse will be discussing the nature of kundalini energy, the role it plays in childbirth, and ways to integrate this understanding for a pleasurable birth experience. Akal Kaur is a Kundalini Yoga instructor and teaches Khalsa Way Pregnancy Yoga teacher trainings with Gurmukh around the world. Akal is also a Registered Nurse at Cedar’s Sinai on the Postnatal Unit and teaches Childbirth Education. She lives in Los Angeles, CA and began practicing Kundalini Yoga in 2002. She became certified to teach Kundalini Yoga and Khalsa Way Pregnancy Yoga in 2005. She teaches Mommy and Me Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. She brings humor, warmth and compassion to all her classes.

Session 9: Sarah Buckley

Family practitioner and writer, Sarah Buckley will be talking about “Ecstatic Birth: Nature’s Hormonal Blueprint for Labor”, based on scientific evidence for the superb design of our female bodies in labor and birth. Sarah Buckley is a GP/family physician, mother of four home born children, and currently a full-time writer on pregnancy, birth and parenting. Sarah’s work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth and parenting from the widest possible perspectives, including scientific, evolutionary, psychological and personal. Sarah encourages us all to be well informed, to listen to our hearts and instincts, and to take our rightful place as the real experts in our bodies, our babies, and our families. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.For more information, visit sarahbuckley.com.

Session 10: Ina May Gaskin

The “Mother of Midwifery,” opens the floor to participants questions about Ecstatic Birth. Ina May Gaskin is a visionary and pioneer in the field of natural childbirth and a powerful advocate for a woman’s right to give birth without excessive and unnecessary medical intervention. Her books Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth inspire women to reduce the fear of childbirth by regaining confidence in their bodies and assuring them that their bodies still work! Ina May also developed the Gaskin Maneuver, the first obstetrical maneuver to be named after a midwife. The Gaskin Maneuver embodies the essence of midwifery by using simple body movements to facilitate a difficult birth. Ina May transformed her observation of increasing maternal mortality in the U.S. into The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, a national effort to honor those women who have died of pregnancy-related causes during the past twenty years and to draw public attention to the unchanging maternal death rate in this country. As a speaker and educator, Ina May continues to delight listeners by infusing her sharp command of birth research and statistics with the wry humor that punctuates her writing. For more information, please visit Inamay.com.

“I have enjoyed every session I have listened to and it comes at such a perfect time for me as I try to focus on my strength and inner wisdom to bring this baby into the world. Each speaker has been so positive and gentle, it’s like meditation to listen to their calls and connect with their energy. ” –Tina M., expectant mother and participant in the Body Series. Cick here to read more testimonials.

Order the Ecstatic Birth Training Sessions today to download The Ecstatic Birth Foundation Series and The Ecstatic Birth Body Series.