Michel Odent


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For several decades Michel Odent has been instrumental in influencing the history of childbirth and health research.


As a practitioner he developed the maternity unit at Pithiviers Hospital in France in the 1960s and '70s. He is familiarly known as the obstetrician who introduced the concept of birthing pools and home-like birthing rooms. His approach has been featured in eminent medical journals such as Lancet, and in TV documentaries such as the BBC film Birth Reborn. With six midwives he was in charge of about one thousand births a year and could achieve ideal statistics with low rates of intervention. After his hospital career he practiced home birth.


As a researcher he founded the Primal Health Research Center in London (UK), which focus
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Primal Health: Understandin...

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The Functions of the Orgasm...

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Entering the World: The De-...

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Возрожденные роды

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“iron inhibits the absorption of important growth factors such as zinc. Furthermore, iron is an oxidative substance that can exacerbate the production of free radicals and might even increase the risk of pre-eclampsia.9”
Michel Odent, Birth and Breastfeeding: Rediscovering the needs of women during pregnancy and childbirth



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