The Farmer and the Obstetrician

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In his new book Michel Odent shows how farming and childbirth have been industrialized side by side during the 20th century - with dramatic and disturbing consequences. The similarities are striking. In both cases innovations have been presented as the long awaited solution to an old problem: the advent of powerful synthetic insecticides has, overnight, dramatically reduced the costs and increased agricultural productivity; the advent of the modern safe technique of caesarean section has offered serious new ...
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Overview

In his new book Michel Odent shows how farming and childbirth have been industrialized side by side during the 20th century - with dramatic and disturbing consequences. The similarities are striking. In both cases innovations have been presented as the long awaited solution to an old problem: the advent of powerful synthetic insecticides has, overnight, dramatically reduced the costs and increased agricultural productivity; the advent of the modern safe technique of caesarean section has offered serious new reasons to create gigantic obstetrical departments. In both spheres a small number of skeptics voiced doubts and fears concerning the negative long-term consequences of the widespread use of novel, little tested practices; although these repeated warnings initially went unheeded, they have motivated the development of "alternative" approaches and movements. At the turn of the new century the history of industrialized farming has suddenly speeded up. A collective global awareness has been sparked by a series of disasters, particularly "mad cow" and foot and mouth diseases. Industralized childbirth has not yet reached the same phase of its history, but the parallels between these two industries suggest that there is more to link the farmer and the obstetrician than we had all realized��
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Odent is known as the pioneer of home-like birthing rooms and birthing pools. Here he follows a parallel between industrialized farming and industrialized childbirth during the 20th century. Among his themes is that history itself must shift its focus from conflict between human groups to conflict between humanity and the laws of nature. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853435652
  • Publisher: Free Association Books Limited
  • Publication date: 5/30/2002
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication
Preface
1 The Last Straw 1
2 Major Preoccupations and Latest Spectacular Events 8
3 The Source and the Target 18
4 Similarities 21
5 Enthusiasm 30
6 Remember Them! 36
7 Natural Childbirth and Organic Farming Movements 45
8 Which Disaster are we Waiting for? 57
9 The Scientification of Love 69
10 Bees 78
11 Falling Asleep and Falling in Labour 86
12 Is the Participation of the Father at Birth Dangerous? 96
13 How Dangerous is a Camera? 102
14 Towards a Biodynamic Attitude to Childbirth 105
15 The Future of the Midwifery-Obstetrics Relationship 111
16 Having a Baby Before 2032 118
17 Being a Midwife or an Obstetrician Before 2032 125
18 Getting Out of the Cul-De-Sac 134
Further Reading 139
Index 152
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