Birth and Breastfeeding: Rediscovering the needs of women during pregnancy and childbirth is a re-issue of Odent’s original work, but without significant changes because as Odent says: “the hows are no different from what they were at the beginning of the previous decade… The point is to rediscover the basic needs of women in labour. After thousands of years of culturally controlled childbirth it will be a real discovery. That is why we need to go back to the roots. We must rely on the perspectives of scientists who study body functions, the physiologists.”
Odent believes that for a positive birth and breastfeeding experience, women need privacy and as with all mammals, the newborn baby needs the skin and the smell of the mother and her breast.