- Hardcover: 140 pages
- Publisher: Free Association Books (1 May 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1853435651
- ISBN-13: 978-1853435652
- Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 1.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,474,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Farmer and the Obstetrician Hardcover – 1 May 2002
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About the Author
For several decades Michel Odent has played multiple and complimentary roles in influencing the history of childbirth and health research. Familiarly known as the obstetrician who introduced the concepts of birthing pools and home-like birthing rooms. He is the uthor of more than 50 scientific papers and 10 books including "Scientification of Love"
Top Customer Reviews
We skate through the long history of farming and arrive at two major modern catastrophes: foot and mouth disease and BSE. If this is where reliance on technology leads us, Odent says, just imagine what catastrophes might be ahead for a society that is heavily reliant on technological birth. He draws on statistics which make you blink: Holland, a country with 30 per cent home births, has lower rates of crime and a smaller police force per capita than, say France or Italy. He considers drug addiction and autism, suicide and aggression, sociability and the capacity to love. What effect might the 40 per cent rate of Caesarian sections in Korea be having on the population in the long term?
And as always, Michel includes a vision of the future, one where (for instance) midwives would be expected to have had a positive experience of vaginal birth before training. (This clause would, of course, instantly debar Odent himself from practice.) I particularly liked the section on advice-giving to pregnant women: that all test results and examinations should be presented constructively to include images which would allow the mother to feel that her body was working normally, not pathalogically. So "gestational diabetes" would not be presented as a disease, but a transitory response - the baby is sending a message, via the placenta, to the mother, to receive more sugar. The recommendation to avoid refined sugars and eat more complex carbohydrates should be given to all pregnant women anyway.Read more ›
As an author, speaker, and midwife for the conscious childbirth movement this last generation, I heartily recommend Odent's
new book to not only perinatal professionals but anyone who eats and was born. After reading The Farmer and the Obstetrician, your view of food and having babies will be transformed! This is a brilliant and hopefully prophetic contribution to the 21st century -- indeed, it's benestrophic. Read it and share with your friends for the sake of our planet's future.
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As an author, speaker, and midwife for the conscious childbirth movement this last generation, I heartily recommend Odent's new book to not only perinatal professionals but anyone who eats and was born. After reading The Farmer and the Obstetrician, your view of food and having babies will be transformed! This is a brilliant and hopefully prophetic contribution to the 21st century -- indeed, it's benestrophic. Read it and share with your friends for the sake of our shared planet's future.
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