Oxytocin is the hormone of LOVE, associated with trust, empathy, relationship building, sexual activity, labour, birthing, breastfeeding and bonding!
Oxytocin increases steadily in pregnancy, peaking in the lead up to labour and birth
Oxytocin optimises labour & birth by causing a positive feedback loop, accelerating rhythmic contractions
Oxytocin is a part of Mother Nature’s superb design -priming Mother’s to protect their baby and to keep them close, this is why skin to skin and rooming in with your babe is crucial
Oxytocin in breastfeeding promotes the milk ejection reflex, breast milk supply, closeness, bonding and so much more (deserving it’s own post for another time)
Oxytocin is a social hormone and promotes positive relationships and help seeking behaviours
Oxytocin affects everyone and is contagious! So share your kindness everywhere and all around
The Calmbirth Conversation Podcast, Episode 17, An interview with Dr. Sarah Buckley on Oxytocin and Birth @calmbirth
The Midwives’ Cauldron. Season 3, Episode 7 – An Interview with Dr. Sarah Buckley @themidwivescauldron @midwifethinking
Why Oxytocin Matters by Kerstin Uvnas Moberg. READ IT. It’s amazing for anyone heading into labour and birth!