Babies' arrivals in the world would be more straightforward if women were left alone with only a midwife to help them, as they used to be, French obstetrician Michel Odent will tell the Royal College of Midwives' annual conference in Manchester next month.******"The ideal birth environment involves no men in general," he told the Observer over the weekend.******"Having been involved for more than 50 years in childbirths in homes and hospitals in France, England and Africa, the best environment I know for an easy birth is when there is nobody around the woman in labour apart from a silent, low-profile and experienced midwife -- and no doctor and no husband, nobody else," he said.******"In this situation, more often than not, the birth is easier and faster than when there are other people around, especially male figures - husbands and doctors."******Do you agree?