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Birth Reborn: What Childbirth Should Be Paperback – 14 Apr 1994

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd; New Ed edition (14 April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285631942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285631946
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 1.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is the man who has made childbirth a delightful, natural experience
for so many women."
-- 'Nursery World'

"Combining the roles of romantic, philosopher, surgeon and
obstetrician as only a Frenchman could." -- 'The Times'

About the Author

Michel Odent developed the maternity ward at Pithiviers Hospital in France from the 1960s, where he first introduced many of today's natural birthing practices.

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 April 2001
Read this book! Michel Odent is a wonderful doctor who realized the unnecessety of all the medical interventions and gadgets in birth and gave women back the right to do what they do naturally: give birth to their babies naturally, fully alert, following what nature and instinct tell them to do! And that was a long time before, when all the rest of the obstetric worl was introducing more and more medical interventions.
This books decribes his experience of starting a different birth approach in Pithiviers, France, in 70's as well as the whole process of pregnancy, birth preparation and birth itself. It is not complicated, it is not full of medical expressions: it is warm, it is reassuring, it is full of first hand experience. Book includes wonderful photographs of natural births.
A very inspiring book for every expectant mother who is considering unmedicated birth: either home or hospital.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Bean on 13 Oct. 2006
I read this book with a growing sense of anger as I discovered just how unneccessary and damaging modern western childbirth practices are. Why we still blindly do the same unnatural things to women over and over again is beyond me! Forceps, opiates, stirrips, none of these things have a place in childbirth. More women would enjoy giving birth if they read this, and even more if it was compulsory reading for all maternity staff!

It gave me the confidence to insist on doing things my way and as a result I had a beautiful natural homebirth.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Judith Willothewisp on 22 April 2008
My mother was/is a Doula for nearly forty years, she has met Michel Odent and spent time a his clinic in Pithiviers. She applies all she has learnt from him to the births she attends and when women come to her with their third or fourth birth you must conclude that the application of Michel Odents practices is needed. .My wife (we are a lesbian couple) is a midwife here in Holland and also applies as much of his philosophy as she possible can and with 55% of her practices birth now at home and natural producing happy and clam babies and mothers with nearly zero incidence of post natal depression I suggest that you draw your own common sense conclusion. I am a physiologist and his views on birth hormones are so right.
He is a wonderful doctor who realised that all the medical interventions, technology and gadgets in birth caused as many problems as they solved, in fact look at the mother and baby mortality figures if you doubt his. Maeria, a country with the highest levels of medical `help' are 21st in the mortality tables, countries like Holland with a more natural approach are 3rd. He did this from good old fashioned observation and NOT by looking at what machines told him. He is in touch with the heart of women and that is a refreshing change in a basically misogynistic profession. He gave women back the right to do what they do naturally: give birth to their babies privately without a stream of strangers with medical credentials leering at your vagina, naturally, fully alert, filled with their mother's NATURAL hormones to bond them, following what nature and instinct tell them to do.

Women know how to give birth, it is NOT a medical event, it is part of a woman's natural state of being.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By londynka on 16 Mar. 2009
This is a very good book - easy to read, gets to the point without the unnecessary 'fluff', is very informative - from a medical point of view, but also very 'personal' and warm.

I very much enjoyed reading it & would recommend to any parents-to-be who would like more information on natural birth.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Hort on 21 May 2009
Birth Reborn was written a while ago, and its a testimony to the book's amazingly good sense that the childbirth practices Michael Odent was pioneering in the 80s are now being widely adopted by uk birthing centres and hospitals. This book is inspirational and has boosted my confidence about labour and giving birth. Its a fairly short read and worth every word.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Luna on 28 Dec. 2009
I love the book, its really uplifing. It makes you realised that is "normal" to give birth and any women should be bale to do it, without fear, without so much medicalization.
Every pregnant women should read it!!
Also very good for your partner so he can understand better his role.

I 100% recomend it.
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