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Your Birth Hormones, with Dr. Sarah Buckley

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #28

Birth hormones are in charge of making your labor flow, establishing breastfeeding and helping you bond with your baby. Supporting your hormones can lead to a healthier and smoother birth. How can you encourage them? What should you avoid? Sarah Buckley has the answers.


To listen here, click the play button on the player above, or click the button below to listen in iTunes.


What we talked about:

  • How is birth designed to unfold?
  • Does your baby really start labor?
  • How can you help your hormones flow?
  • How your hormones protect your baby during birth
  • Is the initiation of breastfeeding still part of the birth?
  • Stress: the hormone buster!
  • Your hormones during an induction
  • The difference between your body’s oxytocin and synthetic oxytocin (Pitocin)
  • Helping your hormones flow when interventions are necessary


Links for more on birth hormones:


Courtesy of Sarah Buckley
About Dr. Sarah Buckley

Sarah is a GP/family physician, author of the best selling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, and currently full-time writer and mother to her four home-born children.

Sarah’s work critiques pregnancy, birth, and parenting from the widest possible perspectives including the scientific, anthropological, psychological, and experiential, Sarah has been sharing her unique blend of science and wisdom with parents and birth professionals internationally since 2005.

Her special interests include the hormonal physiology of childbearing, with her report on this topic published in January 2015

Sarah encourages us all to be well informed, to listen to our hearts and instincts, and to take our rightful place as the real experts in our bodies, our babies and our families.

She lives with her family on the semi-rural outskirts of Brisbane, Australia.

For more about Sarah and her work see and her membership website


Adriana Lozada