Nadine Goodman, Public Health Specialist
"Nothing compares to the privilege of giving life and the responsibility of that. Nothing. So if you don't have the reverence and the respect for that, where do you go from there?"
Marsden Wagner, M.D., Former Director, Women and Children's Health, World Health Organization
"Everywhere else in the world, thats what they do. You can go to Great Britain, France, Germany, Scandanavia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan... You can go to all the highly developed countries where they are loosing fewer women and fewer babies around the time of birth. And what do you see? You see midwives attending 70 or 80 percent of all the births. And the doctors are there to take care of the small percentage that develop a complication. That is the proven system everywhere in the world. And the United States stands alone."
Dr Michel Odent, M.D., founder of Primal Health Reserach Center, London; advisor to BirthWorks International
"Until recently, love was a topic for poets, novelists, philosophers... Today it is studied from multiple scientific perspectives. With mammals in general there is immediately after birth a short period of time which will never happen again and which is critical in mother/baby attachment.
Until recently, in order to give birth a woman, like all mammals, is supposed to release a complex cocktail of love hormones. As soon as baby is born when mother and baby are together both of them are under the effect of a sort-of morphine, an opiate, natural morphine endorphins. We know the properties; they create states of dependency. Addiction. When mother and baby are close to each other it is the beginning of an attachment.
But today... most women have babies without releasing this flow of hormones.
I'll just give an example of animal experience. In general, if you disturb the hormonal balance of a female giving birth, it is simple, the mother does not take care of her baby. It is simple. If monkeys give birth by cesarean section the mother is not interested in her baby. It is simple, easy to detect on an individual level.
So you wonder, but what about our civilization? What about the future of humanity?
If most women have babies without releasing this cocktail of love hormone...Can we survive without love?"