In 1977, a state hospital near Paris began quietly changing the way women gave birth.
Obstetrician Dr Michel Odent believed that childbirth had become too medicalised and he wanted a more natural approach.
So he introduced a pool to ease the pain of labour and eventually some babies were even born in the pool.
Witness speaks to Dr Odent about the innovation that has become a revolution using the power of water.
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On a personal note, I’d like to thank Michel for inspiring me to develop Active Birth Pools.
As he said:
“When asked about the history of birthing pools in hospitals, I mention two key events:
1) In the 1970s when I bought a deep inflatable blue paddling pool and found a convenient space in the maternity unit to install it.
2) The day when Keith Brainin realised that special bath tubs might be designed and commercialized to meet the needs of labouring women.”
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