Undisturbed Birth: Nature's Blueprint for Ease and Ecstasy

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When a woman labors and gives birth without disturbance, her body produces peak levels of birthing hormones. These include oxytocin, the hormone of love; beta-endorphin, hormone of pleasure and the body's natural analgesic; adrenaline and noradrenaline (epinephrine/norepinephrine) hormones of excitement; and prolactin, the mothering and breastfeeding hormone. This paper outlines current knowledge of the functions, and interconnections of these hormones, and the hormonal interferences caused by medical interventions, in particular, induction and augmentation (acceleration), opiate and epidural pain relief, cesarean surgery, and early separation of mother and baby. The author argues that an undisturbed birth creates maximum ease and safety for mother and baby, as well as making birth a potentially ecstatic experience.

KEY WORDS: Oxytocin; beta-endorphin; adrenaline; noradrenaline; epinephrine; norepinephrine prolactin; induction; pitocin; syntocinon; augmentation; acceleration; opiate analgesia; epidural; mother-infant attachment; bonding, labor; birth; undisturbed birth; ecstatic birth.

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