Hormones in Labour and Birth – Essential Information for Informed Decision Making

Webinar recording in English for Service Providers: how hormones support safety, ease and pleasure for mother and baby and how interventions affect them. (2019)



Join physician Dr Sarah Buckley and explore the intricate hormonal dance of labour, and how hormones such as oxytocin support safety, ease and pleasure for mother and baby. Understand the crucial importance of the birth environment, and the hormonal effects when the labouring mother does not feel private and safe. Learn how interventions such as epidurals, caesareans and synthetic oxytocin can disrupt this delicate hormonal orchestration, and gain tools to address the ‘hormonal gaps’ for mothers and babies. Use this information to facilitate inform choice for birthing families in your care. This information is based on Dr Buckley’s report Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing (2015, Childbirth Connection) and her current PhD studies.


Dr. Sarah Buckley

Sarah J Buckley is a New-Zealand-trained GP/family physician with qualifications in GP-obstetrics and family planning. She is the mother of four home-born children, and currently combines motherhood with her work as a writer on pregnancy, birth, and parenting. She is also a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland,, where her research is focused on the hormone systems of labour and birth and the impacts of interventions.