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Michel Odent is best known as the obstetrician who introduced the concepts of birthing pools and home-like birthing rooms. He has published 12 books in 21 languages. His last four book are published by Pinter & Martin. His other books include Birth Reborn and Birth and Breastfeeding. See also the Primal Health Research Databank.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd; First Edition edition (January 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905177186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905177189
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,462,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Sprague on July 5, 2009
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I been studying natural & medical birthing for 25 years now & this book explains them both deeper than any book i've read since "Birth Reborn" by Dr. Odent on Waterbirthing. But "The Orgasms" educates us about how hormones of love surge in birth, sex & nursing babies. He also reveals how they've been denied & repressed for centuries in most cultures. He even shares the ancient history of ecstasy & transendence from Gilgamesh to now! His ideal birth is self controlled mother alone in natural place she chooses & even prepares to deliver as many natural mothers done for centuries. He even sites Masters & Johnson, & super-tech 'brain imaging' research of people sexing & their hormone levels. He mentions how our instinctual functions can work in birthing & nursing.

His language is seriously exposing anti-ecstatic birthing & sexualove tactics of most cultures; & new trends since 1970s of natural home birthing & sexual freedoms. We've never seen natural morphine like hormones: endorphines, oxytocin & adrenaline explained in our sexual lives, birthing & nursing in print, WOW! This is shocking for current science educated medical folks, even midwives & Doulas. He has dry humor with juicy sarcasm of "Legendary Orgasms, Pessimistic & Optimistic scenarios" for future love. This is so deep, read it twice between surges of ecstatic love?! or ignore at risk of missing bliss happening in private birth & bonding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Peter Fritz Walter on May 30, 2014
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'The Functions of the Orgasms' is a cutting-edge study on the human pleasure function in its largest contextual framework, and with a special regard upon female sexuality and the biological function of birthing and breastfeeding.

The study confirms and fully corroborates the earlier psychological, neurological and sociological research conducted by Wilhelm Reich, Herbert James Campbell, James W. Prescott, Ashley Montagu, and others. The title of the book is deliberately coined to allude to Wilhelm Reich’s pioneering study The Function of the Orgasm (1942) as the author expressly notes, saying that his intention for writing the book had been to ‘rewrite The Function of the Orgasm in a new scientific context.’

Before I review this book in detail, providing some quotes, I may say this as an introduction. It is natural that one ventures out from one’s own pleasure continuum. In other words, the understanding of the whole of life, and the way we perceive life, is conditioned by how we experience pleasure. But it is also a limitative view when one ventures to know only about one’s particular emotional or sexual addiction.

Michel Odent’s approach is comparatively larger. While the focus in this book is primarily upon female sexuality and the sexual nature of the process of birth, and breastfeeding, he is saying that the experience of pleasure, in its ecstatic dimension, connects us back with our source, and thus becomes an experience of transcendence, an experience that is not just subjective and ‘personal’, but essentially transpersonal. Odent links back to the oldest of traditions, the times when women had freedom and power to live the whole of their feminine erotic experience.
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5 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 23, 2010
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Interesting book, but it didn't really help me with understanding the problems I was having with having an orgasm.
You might want to look one over before you buy it if you can
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