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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Rudolph Steiner Pr; 2nd edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905570066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905570065
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Just when we thought everything had already been said about birth and breastfeeding, Odent challenges us anew with a vision that is both provocative and compelling. A book you'll want to discuss even before you finish reading it.' - Marian Thompson, President Emeritus and Co-founder, La Leche League, International 'This is not just a practical guide to childbirth and breastfeeding but a philosophically wide-ranging study... It should be compulsory reading for mothers, midwives, doctors, and, not least, hospital administrators and the architects of future birthing places.' - Esther Culpin, Ex-director La Leche League, Great Britain

About the Author

MICHEL ODENT was born in 1930. Originally qualified as a surgeon, he is popularly known as the obstetrician who introduced the concepts of birthing pools and homelike birthing rooms. His ongoing influential work in childbirth and health research has featured in TV documentaries such as the BBC's 'Birth Reborn', and in authoritative medical journals. Odent founded the Primal Health Research Centre in London, which focuses on the long-term consequences of early childhood experiences. The Primal Health Research data bank (www.birthworks.org/primalhealth) features material which indicates that health is shaped during the primal period (from conception until the first birthday), and that the way we are born affects our sociability, aggression and capacity to love. He has also developed a preconceptional programme (the 'accordion method') to minimize the effects of intrauterine and milk pollution by synthetic fat soluble chemicals. Odent's other principal research interest is the non-specific, long-term effect on health of early multiple vaccinations. He is the author of dozens of scientific papers and 11 books published in 21 languages, including Primal Health and The Farmer and the Obstetrician.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Katherine on August 4, 2010
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For reference, this is the same book as "The Nature of Birth and Breastfeeding".

It was fascinating to read and his theories beautifully explain the problems women have with modern motherhood and modern medical science.
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I have to confess I only made it through the first 4 chapters before abandoning the book in disgust. I felt like there were some good points, like women need privacy while delivering. He also cited many interesting studies in the beginning. However, it was downhill from there. The first 4 chapters were dedicated to privacy. While it may be important, it really isn't complex enough to warrant 4 chapters. And he takes it to the extreme in that no one should be with the woman who is giving birth. This is goes somewhat in the face of evidence showing the benefit of doulas. He also constantly relates women to mammals. I am not a zoologist, but all mammals are so very different, it seems unreasonable to compare women to all mammals. If he had compared us to primates or elephants or whales or some other higher order mammal, I would have bought it more. Or if he had conferred with a zoologist or wildlife biologist about mammals instead of basing everything on his very cursory knowledge of the animal world. The kicker for me was the section on fathers. I honestly found this section repulsive and had to stop there. Earlier in the book, he talks about how people are violent and messed up because of their experiences while being born. Then in this section he says that men need to be violent protectors and watching their wives give birth will turn them into pansies. He blamed the increasing divorce rate on men being involved in child birth with no evidence other than some men he knows left their wives within a year of the kid being born and this is what he attributes it to. He also disparaged men from bonding with their children at all, which is where I stopped. I am sure there is more good information if you keep going, but I didn't have it in me. You definitely have to be discerning and trust your own intuition more than his because that is primarily what this book is based on.
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Every careprovider for pregnant and nursing women should read this book. I came away from this book feeling more adamant about my convictions and felt validated. I've had a variety of negative experiences with hospital birth. I found that reading this book was theraputic for me. I now teach moms about breast feeding and feel confident to tell pregnant mom why natural labor will be best for them and their babies. This book brought many things together for me. Empowering woman to have natural birth is human not cooky. I wish I had read this book BEFORE I had 5 births in the hospital. I reccomend that any pregnant thinking woman read this.
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By Jena Reid on April 19, 2013
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This book is such an easy read and makes so much sense!!! Now that I've already submitted my book report for this book, I am going to keep it in my collection. Fast delivery and great book!
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