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The Scientification of Love

4.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1853434761
ISBN-10: 1853434760
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About the Author

Michel Odent is popularly known as the obstetrician who introduced the concepts of birthing pools and homelike birthing rooms at the maternity unit in Pithiviers (France) in the 1960s and 1970s. 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. More recently, he founded the Primal Health Research Centre in London and has developed a preconceptional program to minimize the effects of intrauterine and milk pollution. He is the author of dozens of scientific papers and ten books published in twenty languages. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Free Association Books (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853434760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853434761
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Under a deceptively simple and small format, this is perhaps the most sophisticated and far-ranging of all Michel Odent's books until now. It brings together Michel's clinical experience of uninterfered human birth with his more recent research on the links between 'primal' experiences - before birth, around birth and in the first year-, and well being later on in life, with thought-provoking insights in every single chapter. While some readers may already be aware of the importance of oxytocin, the 'hormone of love', and endorphins in all apsects of human sexuality including lactation, the book explores their role in a wider concept of love that encompasses maternal love as prototype of all love and mystical emotions in altered states of consciousness. A very wide range of evidence from the biological and other sciences as well as the humanities is brought together in a logical sequence of chapters followed by both a summary of each argument and a list of references. The cross-section of scientific papers included is impressive and keeps the reader on track to catch a glimpse of the whole, the 'unbroken mirror' of human behaviour. From a review of studies of oxytocin receptors in and outside the brain to the relevance of the disputed 'aquatic ape theory' and the salience of comparable features in the births of Buddha and Jesus, there is a concordance which specialist readers should remain open to. The argument is anything but a reductionist one; the more extensive our analysis of the molecular level, -the'scientification' of love-, the greater our understanding of how malleable the hormonal balance of humans as social beings can be.Read more ›
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The Scientification of Love is a book that looks at the very core of our love and our relationships. Dr. Odent research looks at love and birth as a continuum of our sexual life. He explores the role of oxytocin - " the love hormone" in labor, birth and breastfeeding, as well as, oxytocin's role in the maternal-infant attachment process that forms the basis for all our relationships in life. I started to read this book early one morning and couldn't put it down. It's thought provoking ideas have stayed with me since. When we can incorporate Dr. Odent's research and ideas we will bring about a change that will include; undisturbed birthing, bonding and a peaceful society.
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.
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The ever profound and fascinating Dr. Michel Odent explains love, on a physiological level. In The Scientification of Love, he undertook the Herculean task of piecing together relevant findings from a broad range of scientific disciplines. He then provided a comprehensive look at the maternal/infant bond and its implications for survival of the human race. The book is small, but the implications are huge!

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.
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Every pregnant woman should be given a copy of this book. It details the inner chemical workings of natural labor and bonding. It's absolutely STUNNING how beautifully the body works during labor if it is left alone. This book is amazing!
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By Shelley on February 22, 2012
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Huge fan of Michel Odent! This is a must have book if you are human! It explains Love in a whole new light - scientifically! It is a tiny book packed with physiological information on relationships, birth, etc. It is a life changer!
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This was the only book I read about giving birth while I was pregnant. It inspired me to a Natural birth that went so smooth. Everything he Writes makes so much sense! I will definetley read it again next time around :)
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