Parenting and Early Years Education

BIRTH AND BREASTFEEDING

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BIRTH AND BREASTFEEDING

Rediscovering the Needs of Women during Pregnancy and Childbirth

Author : Michel Odent

ISBN : 9781905570065

Publisher : Clairview Books

Pages : 176

Format : Paperback

Description : Humanity, argues Michel Odent, stands at a crossroads in the history of childbirth - and the direction we choose to take will have critical consequences. Until recently a woman could not have had a baby without releasing a complex cocktail of ‘love hormones.’ In many societies today, most women give birth without relying on the release of such a flow of hormones. Some give birth via caesarian section, while others use drugs that not only block the release of these natural substances, but do not have their beneficial behavioural effects. ‘This unprecedented situation must be considered in terms of civilization,’ says Odent, and gives us urgent new reasons to rediscover the basic needs of women in labour.
At a time when pleas for the ‘humanization’ of childbirth are fashionable, the author suggests, rather, that we should first accept our ‘mammalian’ condition and give priority to the woman’s need for privacy and to feel secure. The activity of the intellect, the use of language, and many cultural beliefs and rituals - which are all special to humans - are handicaps in the period surrounding birth.
Expectant parents, midwives, childbirth educators and those involved in public health will find this a provocative and visionary book.

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