Michel Odent

Preliminary Phase of Labor: What Does It Mean?

For a long time, many women have noticed that they are not as mentally sharp as usual at the end of their pregnancies. They mention anecdotes of memory loss and, occasionally, poor concentration. Their topics of interest become different. Their need for socialization may be reduced and reoriented.

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Is Labor a Complication of Socialized Birth?

A great discussion of births during pre-agricultural times versus our current socialized birth, and the fetus ejection reflex. We need to go back to privacy for birthing women. Read more…. Is Labor a Complication of Socialized Birth?

Birth in the Age of Information Bombardment

Dr. Odent argues that rather than relying on so much unfiltered information related to birth, women focus on what nature intended.

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A Turning Point in Our Understanding of Human Birth

Just as we are learning about human nature from new perspectives, we are also at a turning point in our understanding of human births. Until now, the focus has been on mechanical difficulties. Countless textbooks have reproduced drawings showing the size and the shape of the fetal skull in relation to the maternal pelvis as a way to explain why the birth process cannot be easy in our species. If the main reasons for difficulties were mechanical, how to explain that, occasionally, women who are not special, from a morphological perspective, have their first baby easily within a few minutes, while others need a caesarean section after one or two days of tough labour?

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Midwifery in the Land of Utopia

In the land of Utopia, the statistics are impressive. Whatever the place of birth—hospital or home—most women can deliver babies and placentas thanks to the release of cocktails of love hormones alone.

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Birth at Home vs. Birth “Elsewhere”

From bacteriologic and immunologic perspectives, there are two kinds of twenty-first-century births: birth at home and birth “elsewhere.”

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A Turning Point in the History of Mothering

Today, we have at our disposal a standardized and simple way to introduce a great variety of topics. We just need to explain why we are “at a turning point.”

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Homebirth vs. Hospital Birth, The Bacteriological Perspective

Today, it is commonplace to present Homo sapiens as an ecosystem with a symbiotic interaction between the trillions of cells that are the products of our genes (the “host”) and the hundreds of trillions of microorganisms that colonize the body (the “microbiome”).

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The Right to Challenge Tradition and Cultural Conditioning

The Right to Challenge Tradition and Cultural Conditioning by Michel Odent. Natural childbirth advocate and obstetrician Michel Odent discusses cultural interferences in childbirth and the repercussions these have had on human development. Read more…. The Right to Challenge Tradition and Cultural Conditioning

Midwifery Tomorrow

Obstetrician and natural childbirth advocate Michel Odent discusses the future of birth and the two scenarios he sees that are most plausible based on our current situation.

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Stress Deprivation in the Perinatal Period

Natural childbirth advocate and obstetrician Michel Odent discusses the importance of stress for the developing baby, particularly stress in the form of labor. Read more…. Stress Deprivation in the Perinatal Period