A book calling for the de-medicalization of childbirth is even more revolutionary now than in 1976 when this book was first published in French and in 1984 when the first English edition appeared. The number and types of routine medical interventions that are standard hospital procedures have increased exponentially, and Dr. Michel Odent's call to re-examine the medical practices surrounding childbirth that can disrupt and complicate a normal birth is still valid. For historians of the natural c [...]
Basically, this book felt like an overview of how Michel Odent and those he was working with put the ideas set forth by Frederick Leboyer in his book Birth Without Fear into practice. Of course, there is a lot more to it than just that including much regarding Ivan Illich but with or without, there is still a lot of food for thought. It is interesting after having read more recent books by Dr. Odent how much things really have not changed in the birth world. I have so many little sticky note pap [...]
This book is filled with what SHOULD be "no duh" info & makes me wonder why all hospitals don't feel the same way. After reading this book I wondered why *I* didn't intuit some of the information presented here. The author makes us see just how brain-washed we are about what is necessary & what is optimal for the neonate.