Author Sarah J. Buckley, M.D. Articles

Oxytocin: Finding the Love of Birth

Perhaps the best-known birth hormone is oxytocin, the hormone of love, which is secreted during sexual activity, male and female orgasm, birth, and breastfeeding. Oxytocin engenders feelings of love and altruism; as Michel Odent says, “Whatever the...

Also labeled: Issue #51, Pregnancy & Birth

Healing Birth, Healing the Earth

Birth, she is dying. This primal and unspeakably powerful initiation, the only road to motherhood for our ancestors, has been stripped of her dignity and purpose in our times. Birth has become a dangerous medical disease to be treated with...

Epidurals

Epidural pain relief is an increasingly popular choice for Australian women in the labour ward. Up to one third of all birthing women have an epidural,1 and it is especially common amongst women having...

Also labeled: Issue #12, Pregnancy & Birth

Pain in Labor: Your Hormones Are Your Helpers

First published in Australia’s Parents Pregnancy, Autumn 1999, as “Your Hormones are your Helpers.” This version updated July 2005. Imagine this—your cat is pregnant, due to give birth around the same time as you are. You have your bags...

Also labeled: Pregnancy & Birth, Issue #10