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Birth Reborn

Synopsis
In the maternity unit of a state hospital in the small French town of Pithiviers, Dr Michael Odent has evolved a philosophy of childbirth which challenges medical orthodoxy. Dr Odent believes that women should respond to their own deep primitive instincts and give birth in the way most natural to them. Last year only two out of 1012 mothers chose to have their babies lying down. The remainder delivered standing, or squatting, or in a pool of warm water. At Pithiviers birth is never artifically induced to conform with hospital convenience. Drugs, anaesthetics and forceps are never used. Caesarean sections are rare; mother and child are not separated at birth; fathers are encouraged to be involved; post-natal depression is almost unknown.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 40 min.
Year of production
1982
Availability
OUT OF DISTIBUTION
Uses
Obstetricians, obstetric nurses and midwives.*
Subjects
Medical sciences
Keywords
childbirth; natural childbirth; obstetrics

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BBC Active Video for Learning

Contact
Carolina Fernandez Jeremy Wilcox (CF - for educational enquiries JW - channel sales manager)
Email
BBCStudiosLearning@bbc.com
Address
Now part of BBC Learning
Notes
This company is no longer trading under this name and currently does not have a web presence. It was originally a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Pearson Education. Formerly known as ‘BBC Worldwide Learning Studies’ and before that as ‘Videos for Education & Training’

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