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The Caesarean - Michel Odent

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2004
ISBN: 9781853437182
Number Of Pages: 160

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How did a magnificent rescue operation become such a common way of giving birth? and how safe is it really? Why do some countries have rates of 10 per cent for caesarean births, and some more than 50 per cent? Why have risky procedures, such as forceps deliveries, not been eliminated by the C-section? What is the birthing pool test? What are the very first microbes met by a caesarean-born baby? Is it easy to breastfeed after a caesarean? Why are different approaches taken to scheduled C-sections, C-sections during labour, and emergency C-sections? What do mother and baby miss out on by not sharing a vaginal birth? What do we know about the long-term consequences of being born by caesarean? What do we know about the long-term consequences of giving birth by caesarean? What is the future of the 'a la carte' C-section? What is the future of a civilisation born by caesarean? Having been involved in half a century of the history of the caesarean, Dr Michel Odent is uniquely and authoritatively equipped to deal with these vital and urgent questions. Michel Odent is well known as the ground-breaking French obstetrician who introduced the concept of home-like birthing rooms and birthing pools. He is the founder of the Primal Health Research Centre in London, and the author of over fifty scientific papers and ten books, including Birth Reborn, Primal Health, the Scientification of Love and the Farmer and the Obstetrician.

Acknowledgementsp. vii
A Magnificent Rescue Operationp. 1
My comments as an observerp. 1
My comments as an actorp. 2
One Route or the Otherp. 5
A global phenomenonp. 5
The right to choosep. 6
Safer and Saferp. 9
The indirect versus the direct routep. 9
Pfannenstiel and the bikini revolutionp. 10
The age of epiduralsp. 11
Scalpel or fingers?p. 13
Can we measure the safety of the caesarean?p. 14
Breaking a Vicious Circlep. 17
Forgotten needsp. 17
A rediscoveryp. 18
What if?p. 21
A rule of thumbp. 24
When Our Dreams Come Truep. 25
From Asclepius to the Barbie dollp. 25
From Icarus to the cross-Channel gliderp. 28
Towards a Super-Brainy Homo Sapiens?p. 30
Inextensible limitsp. 30
Pulverized limitsp. 32
Twenty-First-Century Criteriap. 35
Two answersp. 35
Three questionsp. 36
Long-Term Thinkingp. 42
A tool for reprogramming ourselvesp. 42
Being caesarean bornp. 43
Impaired capacity to lovep. 46
From a cul-de-sac to an avenuep. 49
A complementary lessonp. 51
Towards an Unprecedented Cultural Diversity?p. 52
Thinking in terms of civilizationp. 52
Broadening our horizonp. 52
Towards different 'native' cultures?p. 54
Entering the World of Microbesp. 58
Two doorways towards the world of microbesp. 58
Gut flora and healthp. 60
Entering the World of Odoursp. 62
Starting from anecdotesp. 62
In the current scientific contextp. 63
Nursing the Caesarean Bornp. 66
Lactation starts before the baby is bornp. 66
Looking for confirmationp. 68
From a practical point of viewp. 70
A Thousand and One Reasons to be Offered a Caesareanp. 73
Absolute indicationsp. 73
Debatable indicationsp. 76
Once a Caesarean Always a Caesarean?p. 82
After 1950p. 82
A frequently asked questionp. 83
A frequent responsep. 85
Another frequently asked questionp. 87
In practicep. 87
If Caesarean Becomes Necessary for Youp. 89
From consent form to abdomen paintingp. 89
When the surgeon appearsp. 91
What Mothers Sayp. 93
Limitless diversityp. 93
Superlativesp. 94
The Perineal Preoccupationp. 96
Published factsp. 96
Interpretationsp. 98
The foetus ejection reflexp. 98
Either ... or ...p. 102
Futuristic strategiesp. 102
The birthing pool testp. 103
Interpretationsp. 106
Simple recommendationsp. 107
Pam England Birth from Withinp. 108
Antenatal Scarep. 111
In an ideal worldp. 112
Towards the end of routine medicalized care?p. 113
The content of antenatal visits reconsideredp. 114
The futurep. 117
Received Ideasp. 120
You need energy!p. 120
You must walk!p. 124
You need support!p. 125
The fruits on the treep. 127
The Future of the Midwifery-Obstetrics Relationshipp. 131
An inevitable long-term objectivep. 131
Smashing political correctnessp. 132
Too Rational to Survivep. 136
Is humanity threatened by an excess of rationality?p. 137
Notes and Referencesp. 139
Indexp. 159
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ISBN: 9781853437182
ISBN-10: 1853437182
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st March 2004
Publisher: Free Association Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.39