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The Scientification of Love
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I highly recommend this book for anyone planning or expecting a child as well as childbirth educators, doulas, midwives and physicians. Anyone that would like to help create peaceful birthing and thus a peaceful society will enjoy Dr. Odent's work.
In order to fully understand how the capacity to love develops (or doesn't, as the case may be) it helps to understand the power of hormones and how they shape behavior. How love is expressed--whether maternally, sexually, as companionship and kindness, as the feeling of blissful one-ness ("oceanic love") that accompanies mystical experience (including uninhibited birth experiences), etc.-- can be understood by studying the balance of oxytocin, "the love hormone", in relation to complementary and mitigating hormones of the adrenaline-noradrenaline family. Fear not--the technical information in this book is well-written and accessible for the lay reader.
If you're searching for a reason to birth outside the medical model, Dr. Odent provides the simplest and most compelling reason of all: stimulating a laboring mother's neo-cortex (new brain, located in the temporal lobe) inhibits the release of oxytocin and causes the mother to lose access to her instincts. It also negatively affects bonding. This is why all mammals have strategies for birthing in privacy. The more we interfere, the more complicated birth becomes, and the more we necessitate interference (the snowball effect). Conversely, privacy and autonomy allow the mother to connect with the instinctive, primal brain, so that she is able to safely and appropriately respond to her body and her baby.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't read enough of Dr. Odents work. I am grateful for men like him. I only wish all doctors thought like him!
Lily Hummer CNM
very interesting book! great info for women who want to give birth naturallyPublished 22 months ago by onili
I do not have a medical background, but thought it was quite repetitive in most of the points it was making. A subject that should concern us all......healthy babies at birth.Published on June 8, 2014 by Elaine F Alei
One of the best books I have read about childbirth, it is a holistic approach in all aspects. A must-read for all parents- and grandparents-to-be.Published on November 19, 2013 by carisa