Hormones have got a pretty bad rep. They get blamed for mood swings and pregnancy symptoms and a lot of people assume they just negatively affect women. However, they are pretty amazing and are responsible for a lot of positive things that happen in our body throughout our lives, nothing more important than their role in birth though. Here we are going to take a look at the four main hormones involved in birth, Oxytocin, Endorphin's, Adrenaline and Prolactin. You may have heard of some of these, you may have heard of all of them or none of them. They each have their part to play and during an undisturbed birth they will facilitate the dilation of the cervix and the birth of the baby through foetal ejection reflex, they will help relieve pain and allow you to cope with contractions, they will kick start milk production and facilitate bonding with your baby.
Repost of an original blog I wrote in October 2016...........
All birth is beautiful. A brand new soul starting their journey on this earth. A woman’s body completing it’s most primal purpose. But sometimes you witness a birth that stands alone, that is raw and powerful and leaves you in awe of the beauty of a birthing woman, completely submitting to her body and blossoming into a birthing goddess. Watching a man support and comfort the woman he loves, watching him journey through a million emotions, seeing his face as he catches his baby as she is birthed into his capable and safe hands.
Here is a repost of the blog about my very first birth as a doula. It had a massive impact on me and really cemented that this was exactly what I wanted to do with my life.
So I used to blog but that all got a bit messed up and I have started a new blog! I feel that a lot of what I had to say on the old blog is still relevant today, maybe even more so. So over the next few days I will be reposting some of the posts. Some of you may have read them before but maybe you can read them again with new eyes, some of you wont have seen them before so don't be afraid to let me know what you think!
I am planning on doing my best to be completely open in this blog. I will bare my inner workings and probably share things I haven't been brave enough to share before. I am doing this because I think here in Cornwall we can feel a bit disconnected, from each other and from the rest of society. The birth community is so spread out and under such pressure we do not get a lot of time for networking and connecting. I truly feel if we could connect as a community and work together on the improvements needed in the birth world we could make a huge change! To be able to come together and trust each other we need honesty so I am stepping out and giving my honest thoughts and feeling and hopes and fears as I try to navigate my way through the world as a doula, as a woman, as a wife, as a mother. Follow me along the way to experience the twists and turns and highs and lows!
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Much love x