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Birth Reborn: What Childbirth Should Be [Paperback]

Michel Odent
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14 April 1994
For over 40 years Michel Odent has been the world's leading 'birth guru'. He has pioneered a new philosophy of childbirth, making it a natural experience for women and providing settings that allow a woman to give birth her own way. Women become their own birthing experts, if they follow their instincts they can birth naturally, with the minimal intervention of medical science. Many of the birthing practices that Michel Odent has advocated are now common useage, including the creation of more homely birthing rooms, birthing pools and water births, labour without drugs and ensuring that the mother plays the key role in the experience of birth. Michel Odent has returned birth to how it should be. 'Birth Reborn' gives expectant mothers the confidence and information they need in order to trust themselves to give birth without the drugs and medical procedures that are being increasingly recognised as harmful to the mother and to the baby's future development.

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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: 19.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,494 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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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Want a satisfying, natural birth? 11 April 2001
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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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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book 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 Luna
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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