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Water, Birth and Sexuality Revised

Our Primeval Connection to Water and Its Use in Labour and Therapy

June 2014
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  • Publisher
    Clairview Books
  • Published
    20th June 2014
  • ISBN 9781905570737
  • Language English
  • Pages 156 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

“After the historic student revolt in France, a period of audacious creativity resulted. The watchword was: ‘It is forbidden to forbid.’ We took advantage of this transient cultural folly to do what would have been impossible ten years before or ten years after, introducing into the maternity unit of a state hospital an inflatable outdoor pool as a way to replace drugs during birth.” (from the Introduction)

In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Odent starts with the world-famous work on childbirth at Pithiviers (a commune in north-central France), where he first noticed the strong attraction that many women have toward water during labor. In addition to discovering the practical advantages of water during the birthing process, Dr. Odent began to consider the meaning and importance of water as a symbol.

Water, Birth, and Sexuality examines the living power of water and its erotic connotations. It evaluates what water has meant in various cultures throughout history, through myths and legends, and what it means for us today—from an advertiser’s tool to a metaphor for aspects of the psyche. He also studies humanity’s special relationship to dolphins and the related “aquatic ape” theory. The book includes a practical section on the use of water during birth and in various therapies, particularly sex therapy.

This edition of this classic work features a new Introduction.

Michel Odent

Michel Odent, MD, was in charge of the surgical and maternity units at the Pithiviers state hospital in France between 1962 to 1985. For many years he was the only doctor in charge of a thousand yearly births. He coined the term hormone of love in connection with oxytocin. He created the Primal Health Research database, and has been a member of the Professional Advisory Board of La Leche League International for some forty years. Michel Odent is Visiting Professor at the Odessa National Medical University and Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Brasilia. He is the author of numerous articles and books.