Hormones play a huge part in our bodies, birth, breastfeeding, and in our sexuality. One of the most important things we can do in labor to provide comfort is to support a healthy hormonal flow.
How do we ensure that our hormones flow to facilitate successful birth, ecstatic and Orgasmic birth?
Dr. Sarah Buckley talks about the changes that occur in the brain during labor and birth, how hormones play a role, and how oxytocin levels are highest after the baby is born to protect both MotherBaby. She describes the 3 elements needed for any mammal or human to support their hormones to flow easily and to give birth with ease. Dr. Buckley also dives into how crucial it is to acknowledge and understand how birth is a part of a woman/birthing person’s sexuality.
Dr. Sarah Buckley is trained as a GP (family physician) with qualifications in GP obstetrics. She has been writing and lecturing to childbirth professionals and parents since 1997 and is the author of the internationally best-selling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering. Sarah has a special interest in the hormones of physiological labor and birth and the impacts of interventions. In 2015 she completed an extensive report on this topic, Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, published with Childbirth Connection (US). She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Queensland, researching oxytocin in labor and birth and the impacts of maternity-care interventions. She has co-authored several papers on oxytocin in labor, birth, and breastfeeding. Sarah is also the mother of four children, all born at home and now in their teenage years and beyond. She lives on the semi-rural outskirts of Brisbane.
In this episode:
For more from Dr. Buckley
Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing report https://www.nationalpartnership.org/our-work/health/maternity/hormonal-physiology-of-childbearing.html
Oxytocin levels in physiological labour and birth https://rdcu.be/bOg4v Oxytocin during breastfeeding-https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0235806 Birth as a neuro-psycho-social event: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0230992
© Gwen Schroeder |Rebirth Photography
© Monet Nicole