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The Farmer and the Obstetrician Paperback – May 30, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-1853435652 ISBN-10: 1853435651

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Free Association Books (May 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853435651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853435652
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,697,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For several decades Michel Odent has played multiple and complimentary roles in influencing the history of childbirth and health research. Familiarly known as the obstetrician who introduced the concepts of birthing pools and home-like birthing rooms. He is the uthor of more than 50 scientific papers and 10 books including "Scientification of Love"

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jeannine Parvati Baker on June 26, 2002
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Possibly Michel Odent's most important book to date, The Farmer & The Obstetrician details how agri-business and the medical MANagement of childbirth were co-arising in the last century and the devastating impact these industries have had upon the Earth. The author suggests what we can do about it by adopting a sustainable model of childbirth care -- at the close of the chapter entitled, "Being a Midwife or an Obstetrician Before 2032", Odent writes, "Understanding the laws of nature and working with them ... is the main characteristic of a biodynamic attitude, whether in plant, cultivation, animal breeding or childbirth. The evolution of antenatal care gave us an opportunity to illustrate and clarify the comcept of a biodynamic attitude."
As an author, speaker, and midwife for the conscious childbirth movement this last generation, I heartily recommend Odent's new book to not only perinatal professionals but anyone who eats and was born. After reading The Farmer and the Obstetrician, your view of food and having babies will be transformed! This is a brilliant and hopefully prophetic contribution to the 21st century -- indeed, it's benestrophic. Read it and share with your friends for the sake of our shared planet's future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Taylor on October 17, 2007
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This book truly makes you look at the comparison between industrialized farming and industrialized childbirth, and how this country inparticular has handled the surge of both. It also makes you understand more clearly as a midwifery student the impact that industrialized childbirth has on this country; the women, the doctors, the hospitals, and society as a whole. It's a true eye opener.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shelley on February 22, 2012
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I am a huge fan of Michel Odents work. I am a midwifery student and my focus is Psychology in regards to giving birth. The way you give birth effects a mother and a baby. There is a true physiological way birth should be handled and has long term affects we mess with the process! Learn more by reading this amazing book. The comparison of the farmer and the obstetrician takes a look at what we did to mess up farming and our agriculture and now we are going back to times of old. Now we are buying organic, right? It is not something that benefits from technology helping it out! Birth is the same! We need to go back to how we were made and not mess with the process! It is truly affecting our society as a whole!
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