The Ecstatic Hormonal High of Childbearing - Dr. Sarah Buckley #35

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Dr. Sarah Buckley — GP/family physician, author of the best selling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering and mother to four home-born children — shares her passion for natural childbirth and the "beginning of the great love affair" between mother and child. She takes us through the hormonal physiology of childbearing from pregnancy to after birth.  

Episode Breakdown:

  • Wisdom vs. science
  • Sarah’s history with childbirth
  • Some of the differences between hospital births and home births
  • Healthy birth pathways
  • The stresses of Caesarean sections
  • Why some stress is good for you
  • The beginning of the great love affair
  • The pleasure hormones between mothers and babies
  • Alter-native
  • Unique altered state of birth
  • What happens after birth
  • Importance of skin-to-skin contact
  • How much of our behavior is affected by our beginning
  • Sarah’s natural birth membership website

Birth can be an orgasmic event. Tweet it!

The laboring mother goes out to the stars to collect the soul of her baby and bring it back. Tweet it!

Trust your body. We can’t really improve upon the processes of labor and birth, we can only get out of the way. Tweet it!

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Meet Sarah

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 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