His own birth was traumatic and without anesthetics available, his mother had to be pinned down. Leboyer attributes his interest in birth to this experience. Water births[ edit ] Leboyer is often mistaken as a proponent for water births. As a consequence, water births were seen as a birthing method that he encouraged.

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In his book, he argued that the modern delivery room bowed to the needs of doctors, women and procedures while often overlooking those of a primary player in the birth: the baby. He was His death was confirmed by his nephew, Antoine Leboyer. In the book, published in , Mr. Leboyer argued that the modern delivery room bowed to the needs of doctors, women and procedures while often overlooking those of a primary player in the birth: the baby.

Leboyer he thought people made too much of their education and preferred Mr. While he was not the first to advocate natural methods in childbirth, like eschewing unnecessary drugs and medical procedures, Mr.

In the Leboyer method, the delivery room is kept quiet and dimly lit, to spare the baby from sensory overload. The newborn is not held upside down and spanked, and is not whisked away to be examined directly after birth. The umbilical cord is cut only when it stops pulsating. After a few moments with the mother, the baby is given a warm bath. Leboyer drew scorn from the medical establishment. His ideas, his critics said, could endanger the baby and leave doctors open to accusations of malpractice.

Some accused him of shamanism or quackery. But he also drew converts. Image The cover of Mr. Alfred Knopf, NewYork Dr. Odent expanded on Mr. Leboyer had rejected. He graduated from the University of Paris School of Medicine. After the war, Mr. Leboyer moved back to Paris, where he worked in a hospital and then opened a private practice. He claimed to have delivered more than 9, babies using standard techniques, and more than 1, using his natural methods.

He began questioning modern obstetrics in the late s, when, through a mix of psychotherapy in France and spiritual guidance from a swami in India, he was able, he said, to relive the trauma of his birth, in which he was pulled out of his mother with forceps as she was pinned down. His re-experiencing of the trauma, he said, left him viewing the entire medical establishment with fresh eyes — those of an infant. Without you, where am I? If you are gone Come back, come back to me, Hold me!

Crush me! So that I may be! Leboyer stopped practicing medicine — in part to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, he said, and in part out of protest. I had to separate myself from it to save myself — to save my sanity. Leboyer is survived by his wife, Mieko Yoshimura, whom he met in London in the late s while she was working at a bank.

They married in in what was the first marriage for both of them. In addition to her and his nephew, he is survived by a niece, Marion Leboyer. Not having children was one of his greatest regrets, he told The Guardian in


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