Sunday, August 21, 2011
I've Got a Crush On Michel Odent
Confession time. I'm totally hooked on Michel Odent. No worries, it's not a Fatal Attraction kind of obsession, it's a birth obsession. Because everything that comes out of this obstetrician's mouth is so birth-sexy it's hard for me not to crush madly on him.
I was just watching the trailer of "The Face of Birth," a powerful film that's coming in 2012 about the state of maternity care in Australia (did you know Australia is in jeopardy of having no midwives soon? It's astounding!) and they interviewed Michel Odent like he is interviewed in so many films including BOLD5 Honoree's "The Business of Being Born."
I always swoon when he talks about oxytocin - the love hormone - and shutter when he urges us to consider if we keep doing interventions in childbirth, if we keep encouraging pitocin (synthetic oxytocin) on pregnant mamas what is going to happen? What will happen to our capacity to love? He tells us in "The Face of Birth" that the number of women releasing the cocktail of hormones that are released in a natural birth is approaching zero.
Michel - if he doesn't mind me being so BOLD :) - has this capacity to tell us the truth, make it sound sexy and foul all in one sentence, and then tell us, as he does at the end of "The Face of Birth" trailer that birth must be a topic not just for mothers, pregnant women, fathers..."it is a topic for all those interested in the future of humanity."
This summer I've been in bed alot with Michel, reading his new book "Childbirth in the Age of Plastics" - a book that tells the story of how interventions in childbirth and the growth of plastics have paralleled and why this is alarming. I'm always turned on by his ability to be so eloquent and truthful about childbirth today. He is not angry; he is passionate. He is not brutally attacking; he is a peacemaker carrying an important message.
When I close his books I can hear him whisper: listen deeply people of this earth...honor childbirth for the act it is no matter what your birth choice...stop making birth jokes because birth is no joke. How could the future of humanity be a joke?
He is BOLD.
Guess that's why I have a crush on Michel Odent.