For many Australian women when they think of giving birth one of the first things they think of is having an epidural. But, how many are aware of the impact this routine labour procedure can have on the birth as well as the days following?
According to Dr Sarah Buckley, author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, its effects can significantly alter the course of the birth as well impact a woman’s ability to mother her baby following birth.
“It transforms birth into a medical procedure because it alters the hormones effecting the experience of birth, the hormones released after birth and into early mothering and maybe longer term as well. We are meddling with an ancient system designed to give us reproductive success,” Dr Buckley said.