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Birth and Breastfeeding: Rediscovering the Needs of Women During Pregnancy and Childbirth Paperback – 12 Feb 2007

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Clairview Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (12 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905570066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905570065
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Just when we thought everything had already been said about birth and breastfeeding, Odent challenges us anew with a vision that is both provocative and compelling. A book you'll want to discuss even before you finish reading it.' - Marian Thompson, President Emeritus and Co-founder, La Leche League, International 'This is not just a practical guide to childbirth and breastfeeding but a philosophically wide-ranging study... It should be compulsory reading for mothers, midwives, doctors, and, not least, hospital administrators and the architects of future birthing places.' - Esther Culpin, Ex-director La Leche League, Great Britain

About the Author

MICHEL ODENT was born in 1930. Originally qualified as a surgeon, he is popularly known as the obstetrician who introduced the concepts of birthing pools and homelike birthing rooms. 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. Odent founded the Primal Health Research Centre in London, which focuses on the long-term consequences of early childhood experiences. The Primal Health Research data bank (www.birthworks.org/primalhealth) features material which indicates that health is shaped during the primal period (from conception until the first birthday), and that the way we are born affects our sociability, aggression and capacity to love. He has also developed a preconceptional programme (the 'accordion method') to minimize the effects of intrauterine and milk pollution by synthetic fat soluble chemicals. Odent's other principal research interest is the non-specific, long-term effect on health of early multiple vaccinations. He is the author of dozens of scientific papers and 11 books published in 21 languages, including Primal Health and The Farmer and the Obstetrician.


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I have followed over the years Odent's radical - revolutionary! - ideas relating to how the child-birthing process has gone wrong in the Western world. But this book is the first clear overview of his thinking that I have come across. Here, he describes very succinctly the reasons why most medical interventions in the pregnancy/birthing process are misconceived - and often downright dangerous. Anyone looking for scientific backup for their instincts to keep away from hospitals, tests, etc. should read this book. It is one of the most sensible, level-headed and far-reaching works on the subject I have read, suitable for the average reader as well as medical professionals! Thanks Michel.
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I am already interested in physiological childbirth and found this an extremely interesting and well written addition to what I had already read by Ina May Gaskin and the other promotors of active and natural child birth. I wholeheartedly wish that some of the ideas contained within this book become part of the mainstream thinking within future maternity care. As things are at the moment I am definitely in the minority wanting to birth my children without interference in the litigious society we currently live in.
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This book was recommended to me by a friend who is also my chiropractor. It is a wonderful resource for understanding the NATURAL process that is birth, and the small factors that you can take into account when planning your birth in order to reduce the need to turn it into a medical procedure. It's not a book that will patronise or criticise one choice over another, rather it will inform you.

Every soon-to-be mother should read this book.
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Michel Odent's books always are a must read
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