The Caesarean

The Caesarean

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by Michel Odent
     
 

ISBN-10: 1853437182

ISBN-13: 9781853437182

Pub. Date: 03/23/2004

Publisher: Free Association Books Limited

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 10 percent caesarean births, and some more than 50 percent? Why have risky procedures, such as forceps deliveries, not been eliminated by the C-section? What are the very first microbes met by a caesarean-born baby? Is it easy to

Overview

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 10 percent caesarean births, and some more than 50 percent? Why have risky procedures, such as forceps deliveries, not been eliminated by the C-section? What are the very first microbes met by a caesarean-born baby? Is it easy to breastfeed after a caesarean? 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 and of giving birth by caesarean? What is the future of a civilization 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853437182
Publisher:
Free Association Books Limited
Publication date:
03/23/2004
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvii
1A Magnificent Rescue Operation1
My comments as an observer1
My comments as an actor2
2One Route or the Other5
A global phenomenon5
The right to choose6
3Safer and Safer9
The indirect versus the direct route9
Pfannenstiel and the bikini revolution10
The age of epidurals11
Scalpel or fingers?13
Can we measure the safety of the caesarean?14
4Breaking a Vicious Circle17
Forgotten needs17
A rediscovery18
What if?21
A rule of thumb24
5When Our Dreams Come True25
From Asclepius to the Barbie doll25
From Icarus to the cross-Channel glider28
6Towards a Super-Brainy Homo Sapiens?30
Inextensible limits30
Pulverized limits32
7Twenty-First-Century Criteria35
Two answers35
Three questions36
8Long-Term Thinking42
A tool for reprogramming ourselves42
Being caesarean born43
Impaired capacity to love46
From a cul-de-sac to an avenue49
A complementary lesson51
9Towards an Unprecedented Cultural Diversity?52
Thinking in terms of civilization52
Broadening our horizon52
Towards different 'native' cultures?54
10Entering the World of Microbes58
Two doorways towards the world of microbes58
Gut flora and health60
11Entering the World of Odours62
Starting from anecdotes62
In the current scientific context63
12Nursing the Caesarean Born66
Lactation starts before the baby is born66
Looking for confirmation68
From a practical point of view70
13A Thousand and One Reasons to be Offered a Caesarean73
Absolute indications73
Debatable indications76
14Once a Caesarean Always a Caesarean?82
After 195082
A frequently asked question83
A frequent response85
Another frequently asked question87
In practice87
15If Caesarean Becomes Necessary for You89
From consent form to abdomen painting89
When the surgeon appears91
16What Mothers Say93
Limitless diversity93
Superlatives94
17The Perineal Preoccupation96
Published facts96
Interpretations98
The foetus ejection reflex98
18Either ... or ...102
Futuristic strategies102
The birthing pool test103
Interpretations106
Simple recommendations107
Pam England Birth from Within108
19Antenatal Scare111
In an ideal world112
Towards the end of routine medicalized care?113
The content of antenatal visits reconsidered114
The future117
20Received Ideas120
You need energy!120
You must walk!124
You need support!125
The fruits on the tree127
21The Future of the Midwifery-Obstetrics Relationship131
An inevitable long-term objective131
Smashing political correctness132
22Too Rational to Survive136
Is humanity threatened by an excess of rationality?137
Notes and References139
Index159

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