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Meeting a Laboring Woman's Needs

Reducing the Need for Cesarean

"...a lack of understanding of the physiological process is directly or indirectly at the root of skyrocketing cesarean rates......a laboring woman needs first to be protected from any sort of stimulation of her neocortex..." -Michel Odent, The Cesarean

Language

"Language, particularly rational language...when we communicate with language we process what we perceive with our neocortex...one of the main qualities of a birth attendant is her capacity to keep a low profile and remain silent, to avoid in particular asking precise questions."

Michel Odent

The Cesarean

Bright Light

"Bright light is another factor that stimulates the neocortex...dim light should in general facilitate the birth process."

Michel Odent

The Cesarean

When laboring, the hormones dilate the mother's pupils, so that bright light is actually painful and may cause the mother distress.

Being Observed

A feeling of being observed is another type of neocortical stimulation...privacy is a factor that facilitates the reduction of neocortical control."

Michel Odent

The Cesarean

Limiting participants in the birth process to those who understand the hormones of birth may help.

Adrenaline

Any situation likely to trigger a release of hormones of the adrenaline family...a laboring woman first needs to feel secure."

Michel Odent

The Cesarean

Long intake procedures, confinement to the bed, strangers coming into the room without warning, and many other similar events may introduce stress.

"The key for rediscovering the universal needs of women in labour is to  interpret a phenomenon which is well known to certain mothers and midwives who have experienced undisturbed birth. It is the fact that when a woman is giving birth by herself, without any medication, there is a time when she has an obvious tendency to cut herself off from our world..." -Michel Odent, The Cesarean