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Until recently, in order to have a baby successfully, a woman had to rely on the release of her own natural oxytocin, the hormone responsible for release, love and bonding. With the insistent rise of medically-managed birth, the reverse is now the case and most women give birth relying on artificial oxytocin, a synthetic mimic whose function does not not support mother-baby attachment.
Hard data is now confirming that this massive change to how we are born and how we give birth has long-term consequences on human health - and yet compared to other areas where science is having an impact, academics and the media alike are curiously silent. Now Michel Odent's incisive new book… Read more