Saturday, January 24, 2009

Orgasmic birth on "The Doctors" (CBS TV) 1/26/09


Last week I took a quick trip to Hollywood where I spoke ever so briefly about orgasmic birth on The Doctors (CBS TV). The show airs this Monday (Jan. 26th). Because it's syndicated, in some areas it airs on other networks. For local listings click here.

While most of the recent press I've done has been about unassisted childbirth, orgasmic birth is actually a subject I've long been passionate about. I first wrote about it in my 1994 book, Unassisted Childbirth and newsletter "Letters From Home." My article Orgasmic Childbirth has been on my web site since 2000, along with several other articles about the sexual nature of birth. In 2002, The Mother Magazine (UK) published my article Orgasmic Childbirth! What's the Secret? and in 2005, I was interviewed about it by the London Times. I also spoke about it in 1999 in the unassisted childbirth documentary A Clear Road to Birth and have done several radio shows about it over the years. Most recently, I was interviewed about it by the Huffington Post.

My interview for this show was quite short - I believe they asked me 3 or 4 questions. They may also be showing a short clip from my first homebirth. Of course, I would have loved to have shared more of my thoughts on the subject. But for the most part, I felt good about the interview and thought the doctors were fairly receptive to what I had to say. All in all, it was a fun trip!

6 comments:

Rosie said...

I saw you! I never watch The Doctors! It's not because they are so pro-establishment, pro the medical model of care, scared of birth, etc. but because I work 7-4 and don't usually have the television on at that time of day. It must've been a 'God Thing' that I got to see you speak well of birth yesterday! Hurray! You did a very gracious, calm, factual, dialouge with the team of doctors. I was proud to know you! LOL, Oh so intimately, on the web, for many years. :D Your friend, homebirth mom, doula and ol crone, Rosie

Laura Shanley said...

Thanks, Rosie! I'm so glad you got to see it. Thanks for stopping by!

The Hubler Fam! said...

I saw you as well, and was impressed with your dialogue and professionalism. Oh how I had wished they would have given you more time to express your knowledge and views. For heavens sake, they gave the "raw meat eating guy" more time than you!
You have been inspiring to me, and 2 months ago I experienced my first NATURAL childbirth (after two previous inductions, obgyn attended). And it was INCREDIBLE!!! I had no idea what I was missing. Thank you for being one to educate ME.

Laura Shanley said...

Congratulations!! I'm so glad you found my work helpful! Yes, I would have loved to have been given more time to share my thoughts and experiences. I personally think orgasmic birth is more interesting than pogo stick workouts, gold facials and eating raw meat but maybe they know their audience? Still, it's encouraging that they had me on at all! They're fairly medically minded.

Our Little World said...

I want one of those! An orgasmic birth! Seriously, why not? I've been working on opening up more. letting go of fears and being more comfortable with my body, sexuality and with my hubby!!! I want this UC to be amazing!

Laura Shanley said...

Best of luck with your birth!