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Michel OdentThe pioneer of waterbirhts who has recently left his native France for England

Michel Odent
The pioneer of waterbirhts who has recently left his native France for England


The experts’ expert – Obstetricians
The Observer Sunday Magazine, 4 March 1990

Michel Odent

The man who has made the greatest difference is DR Frederick Leboyer. At the same time taht he published Birth Without Violence in 1974 he gave up practicing. Although what he said in that book was not revolutionary – Maria Montessori and Wilhelm Reich shared similar idea – it was his poetic use of language that communicated his thoughts so successfuly to so many women. At that time women who read his book found that there was only one place they could go for such birth and that was the hospital at Pithiviers in France where I practiced his methods.

‘The most special obstetrician working in this country now is Gowri Motha from Whipps Cross Hospital. She is a qualified hypnotherapist and reflexologist as well as an obstetrician. She is very different from all the others because she is still very Indian in her approach but trained in western medicine.

Observer Magazine, 4 March 1990

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