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Normal birth 2: Oxytocin and the normal physiology of labour and birth

Finnerty, Sophie (2020) Normal birth 2: Oxytocin and the normal physiology of labour and birth. The Practising Midwife, 23 (9). pp. 21-24. ISSN 1461-3123

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In this second of a 10-part series, we explore how hormones during labour are continuous and do not identify themselves with stages – they instead respond to the emotion of labour. An interruption of oxytocin can lead to contractions ceasing and increased pain, and parental attachment and behaviour could be affected. A midwife should consider her own attitudes and behaviour within the birth environment as tension between a woman and midwife may lead to a rupture in the relationship, which could be a catalyst to a hormonal blackout.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: oxytocin, normal birth, physiology, labour, birth
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Sophie Layfield
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2020 16:53
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2020 17:14

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