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By Michael Odent

ISBN-10: 1780660952

ISBN-13: 9781780660950

Former obstetrician and childbirth pioneer Michel Odent argues that the element of human way of life that has been so much profoundly replaced in fresh many years is the time period surrounding the start of a kid. in view that this formative time is taken into account serious in defining our species, Homo sapiens, primary alterations during this zone may still bring in major evolution in regard to how infants are born. This, definitely, could be on the center of our discussions of the long run, even above concerns of the way humanity and planet earth have interaction.

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Rats, for example, develop rapidly in infancy and become sexually mature at the age of six weeks (more than 100 times faster than humans). In a year the number of generations of rats is roughly the same as in two centuries of humans. It would not take long to observe the characteristics of rats after a dozen caesarean-born generations. Without waiting for the results of such animal experiments, we might wonder what we can learn from breeds of dog that have had medically assisted births for many decades and are now almost routinely born by caesarean section.

8 per 100,000 births: the differences are not statistically significant). Of course there are now documented cases of abnormal pregnancies after caesareans (in particular increased risks of abnormal placenta insertions, and caesarean scar ectopic pregnancies). Such risks must be put into perspective, at a time when, in many developed and emerging countries, the average number of babies per woman is below two. In general, whatever the perspective, it is indisputable that in modern well-equipped and well-organized hospitals the caesarean has reached a degree of safety that is impressive to practitioners of my generation.

Furthermore, the exposure of foetuses to antibiotics in the perinatal period is common. 12 Childbirth, from a bacteriological perspective, is becoming an area of debate now that an accumulation of data suggests that the way the newborn’s body is colonised immediately after birth can have at least medium-term consequences. 14 Finnish studies explored the faecal flora of thirty-four children born vaginally and thirty children born by caesarean with antibiotic prophylaxis, at the ages of three to five, ten, thirty, sixty and 180 days.

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