Childbirth and the Future of Homo Sapiens

Childbirth and the Future of Homo Sapiens

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In discussions of the future the emphasis is usually on the effects of myriad new technologies on our lives (examples being Al Gore's The Future and Michel Serres' Petites Poucettes). However, former obstetrician and revolutionary childbirth pioneer Michel Odent argues that the aspect of human lifestyle that has been most profoundly changed in recent decades is the period of time surrounding the birth of a child. Since this formative time is considered critical in defining our species, Homo sapiens, fundamental changes in this area should herald significant evolution in regard to how babies are born. This, surely, should be at the heart of our discussions of the future, even above considerations of how humanity and planet earth interact. This book has been written as an exploration of the topic for all those interested in the evolution of human beings and the future of humanity, but comes with a caveat from its author, who says it is `for everyone except pregnant women... whose time is precious. They should be watching the moon, singing to their unborn babies in the womb and nurturing the life within them.'
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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 132 x 212 x 18mm | 220g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780660952
  • 9781780660950
  • 167,354

About Michel Odent

Michel Odent is best known as the obstetrician who introduced the concepts of birthing pools and home-like birthing rooms. He has published 12 books in 21 languages. His last four book are published by Pinter & Martin.

His other books include Birth Reborn and Birth and Breastfeeding.

See also the Primal Health Research Databank.
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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 more
by Barbara Higham
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