quote by Michel Odent

Experiences have clearly shown that an approach which 'de-medicalizes' birth, restores dignity and humanity to the process of childbirth, and returns control to the mother is also the safest approach.

— Michel Odent

Most Powerful Obstetrician quotations

Birth is not an emergency. It is simply an emergence.

When you destroy midwives, you also destroy a body of knowledge that is shared by women, that can’t be put together by a bunch of surgeons or a bunch of male obstetricians, because physiologically, birth doesn’t happen the same way around surgeons, medically trained doctors, as it does around sympathetic women.

Loving everything about yourself - even the 'unacceptable' - is an act of personal power. It is the beginning of healing.

My obstetrician was so dumb that when I gave birth he forgot to cut the cord.

For a year that kid followed me everywhere. It was like having a dog on a leash.

There's a a right to privacy for all individuals and all who have legal rights - and that includes the unborn. As an obstetrician, if I cause any harm to a fetus, I will be sued. If someone kills or harms a fetus they're liable in a court of law.

It would be a mistake, though, to consider care by family doctors or midwives inferior to that offered by obstetricians simply on the grounds that obstetricians need not refer care to a family physician or midwife if no complications develop during a course of labor.

We have an epidemic of obese six-month-olds.

We actually have an epidemic of obese newborns. They don't diet and exercise. How do you explain that? It's what the mother consumed. Well, who told her to do that? The obstetricians.

How do you know if your child is a writer? Your obstetrician holds his stethoscope to your abdomen and only hears excuses.

Sometimes I'm asked by kids why I condemn marijuana when I haven't tried it.

The greatest obstetricians in the world have never been pregnant.

She gave Pretty Boy a surreptitious glance.

Did he honestly expect her to believe he was gay? True, there were the gay boots and those stunning good looks. But, even so, he blasted enough heterosexual mega-wattage to light up the entire female population. Which he’d undoubtedly been doing since he shot out of the birth canal, glimpsed his reflection in the obstetrician’s eyeglasses, and gave the world a high five.

You might expect that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists would be there and they are.

Reluctant doctors like to believe that they haven't much influence over their patients, but that is clearly not the case. Several studies have found that when doctors genuinely encouraged women to have VBACs, most of them did, and when they said nothing or acted neutral, most women didn't. Finally, when obstetricians discouraged VBAC in women who wanted to try it, none of them did.

It is through our hands that we speak to the child.

That we communicate. Touch is the child's first language, understanding comes long after feeling