The Caesarean

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853437182
  • Publisher: Free Association Books Limited
  • Publication date: 3/23/2004
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 1,302,406
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 A management rescue operation 1
2 One route or the other 5
3 Safer and safer 9
4 Breaking a vicious circle 17
5 When our dreams come true 25
6 Towards a super-brainy homo sapiens? 30
7 Twenty-first-century criteria 35
8 Long-term thinking 42
9 Towards an unprecedented cultural diversity? 52
10 Entering the world of microbes 58
11 Entering the world of odours 62
12 Nursing the caesarean born 66
13 A thousand and one reasons to be offered a caesarean 73
14 Once a caesarean always a caesarean? 82
15 If caesarean becomes necessary for you 89
16 What mothers say 93
17 The perineal preoccupation 96
18 Either ... or ... 102
19 Antenatal scare 111
20 Received ideas 120
21 The future of the midwifery-obstetrics relationship 131
22 Too rational to survive 136
Notes and references 139
Index 159
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