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Bibliographical entry (without author) :

Ecstatic Birth: The Hormonal Blueprint of Labor. Mothering 111, March-April 2002.

Author(s) :

Sarah J. Buckley

Year of publication :

2002

URL(s) :

http://naissance.ws/docs/ecstatic-en.htm

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Abstract (English)  :

Giving birth in ecstasy: this is our birthright and our body’s intent. Mother Nature, in her wisdom, prescribes birthing hormones that take us outside (ec) our usual state (stasis) so that we can be transformed on every level as we enter motherhood. This exquisite hormonal orchestration unfolds optimally when birth is undisturbed, enhancing safety for both mother and baby. Science is also increasingly discovering what we realize as mothers- that our way of birth affects us life-long, mother and child, and that an ecstatic birth, a birth that takes us beyond our Self, is the gift of a lifetime.

Four major hormonal systems are active during labor and birth. These involve oxytocin, the hormone of love; endorphins, hormones of pleasure and transcendence; epinephrine and norepinephrine, hormones of excitement; and prolactin, the mothering hormone. These systems are common to all mammals and originate in our mammalian or middle brain, also known as the limbic system. For birth to proceed optimally, this part of the brain must take precedence over the neocortex, or rational brain. This shift can be helped by an atmosphere of quiet and privacy, with, for example, dim lighting and little conversation, and no expectation of rationality from the laboring woman. Under such conditions a woman intuitively will choose the movements, sounds, breathing, and positions that will birth her baby most easily. This is her genetic and hormonal blueprint.

All of these systems are adversely affected by current birth practices. Hospital environments and routines are not conducive to the shift in consciousness that giving birth naturally requires. A woman’s hormonal physiology is further disturbed by practices such as induction, the use of painkillers and epidurals, caesarean surgery, and separation of mother and baby after birth.

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Argument (français) :

Quatre des principaux systèmes hormonaux sont mis en action pendant l’accouchement…

Argument (English):

Four major hormonal systems are active during labor and birth.

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Keywords :

➡ psychology ; physiology ; hormones ; pain ; oxytocin ; induction of labor ; post-term pregnancy

Author of this record :

Bernard Bel — 07 Oct 2004

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