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Epidurals and hormones with Dr Sarah Buckley





Epidurals are a brilliant invention. A miracle that can make birth more comfortable. And they are essential when a c-section or assisted delivery is required. I am so glad women have access to powerful modern pain relief. What a blessing! However, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Epidurals, and the related family of spinal anaesthetics, do affect the natural hormonal physiology of birth. This interview with the esteemed Dr Sarah Buckley will make you more knowledgeable about the hormonal impact of this very common intervention. You will also learn about great reasons to have an epidural. Plus what you can do to mitigate the potential impacts of an epidural.

Download my own notes from Sarah’s info packed sharing. With this knowledge you may choose to have an epidural with awareness and then take measures to ensure bonding and breastfeeding is optimised. Or you pay choose to prepare to keep birth normal.

As with all things, in birth nothing is black and white, good and bad, right or wrong. You have to find your way to own your birth, free of pressure or coercion.The choice about an epidural is always yours. With knowledge you have the capacity to make gentle, clear and informed choices.

If you want to know more about having a positive epidural experience, see my interview with anaesthetist Dr Robin Youngson.

With warm thoughts,


PS How do you make important choices about how you wish to birth? In the comments, please share just one personal hint  that makes those big birth choices easier for you to navigate.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

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