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Inspiring look at modern day childbirth and its impact on families,
This review is from: Childbirth in the Age of Plastics (Paperback)
I have to admit that 'Childbirth in the Age of Plastics' is not the sort of book I'd pick on title alone. If it sounds science-y to you, it's because it is... and yet, Michel Odent somehow manages to draw you in with his years of experience in the field of obstetrics and the honest, down to earth tone conveyed throughout the book. I can't begin to pretend that I understood every word, but it's no text book by any means.
Odent asks important questions about the changes that plastics has brought to childbirth, raising the issue of what I see as the 'industrialisation' of giving birth and the impact this has on mother, father and baby. A compassionate advocate for natural birth, Odent talks about avoiding the modern plastic-bound world of drips and epidurals, supporting mothers to labour with more appropriate birth support for better results with lower rates of intervention.
As an expectant mother, this inspired me to consider the details of my first birth and how much of myself I 'signed away' under control of hurried, guideline-bound midwives; it also gave me food for thought on how and where I choose to birth my second.
A must-read for anyone with an interest in childbirth - casual or professional.