Michel Odent is a retired medical doctor. He was born in France in 1930 and studied medicine at Paris University. He is known for his role in the natural childbirth movement and for promoting water birth. Odent has stirred controversy at times by arguing that fathers should not be present at birth.
Medical training 
Odent did his initial training in general surgery, and was in charge of the surgical unit and the maternity unit at the Pithiviers state hospital (1962–1985). He then practiced in London, and subsequently founded the Primal Health Research Centre. He does not hold specialist qualifications in surgery any more, nor is he listed in the EU-wide specialist register for general surgery.
Odent has published 50 scientific papers, including the first article on the initiation of lactation during the hour following birth, and 13 books which have been printed in 21 languages.
His books include:
- Birth Reborn (1994, Birth Works)
- The Farmer and the Obstetrician Published by (Free Association Books www.fabooks.com)
- The Caesarean (Free Association Books www.fabooks.com )
- The Scientification of Love (Free Association Books www.fabooks.com)
- The Functions of the Orgasms: The Highways to Transcendence (2009, Pinter & Martin Ltd.)
- Childbirth in the Age of Plastics (2011, Pinter & Martin Ltd.)
- Childbirth and the Future of Home sapiens (2013, Pinter & Martin Ltd.)
He has also written the foreword to the 2007 edition of Childbirth Without Fear, by Grantly Dick-Read.