Childbirth and the Future of Homo SapiensPaperback
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- Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd.
- Format: Paperback | 160 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 212mm x 18mm | 220g
- Publication date: 7 November 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1780660952
- ISBN 13: 9781780660950
- Edition: 1
- Sales rank: 73,271
Michel Odent is known for his role in the natural childbirth movement. For over 40 years he 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.
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By Barbara Higham 11 May 2013
The exploration of Primal Health Research (what happens during the life of a foetus, the perinatal period and the year following birth) raises many questions about the future of mankind and Michel Odent contends that the process of human evolution is at a turning point.
The increased difficulties in modern birth raise questions about the consequences (among many others) of an underuse of the human oxytocin system, when giving birth and breastfeeding, the bacterial colonization of a newborn's body-depending on whether birth was vaginally or by caesarean-and the impact on immune responses.
Cultural conditioning renders the majority of women unable to give birth without interference. When pregnancies are highly medicalised, women are subjected to unnecessary anxiety that interferes with the optimal development of the baby in the womb.
The strongest possible cocktail of love hormones a woman has the capacity to release during her whole life comes between the birth of her baby and the delivery of the placenta and it is during this phase that the most invasive procedures have been introduced, disturbing the interaction between mother and baby and the initiation of breastfeeding. What effect might this disturbance have too upon emotional states at this crucial period of brain structure development?
In the framework of an active management of evolution, the basic needs of labouring women should be rediscovered from the physiological perspective-this is not just some utopian objective but significant for the future of humanity.
The book is as provocative scientifically as Odent's other work. Fascinating but difficult to read prose.