Michel Odent, MD, has been in charge of the surgical unit and the maternity unit at the Pithiviers (France) state hospital (1962-1985) and is the founder of the Primal Health Research Centre (London). He introduced in the 1970s the concepts of home-like birthing rooms and birthing pools in maternity hospitals. He is the author of the first article in medical literature about the initiation of lactation during the hour following birth, of the first article about use of birthing pools (Lancet 1983), and of the first article applying the ‘Gate Control Theory of Pain’ to obstetrics. He created the Primal Health Research database primalhealthresearch.com and wombecology.com.
Michel is the author of 14 books published in 22 languages, including Childbirth and the Evolution of Homo Sapiens. His 2015 book titled Do We Need Midwives? is followed by an addendum titled Can Humanity Survive Medicine? He is also the co-author of five academic books.
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