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Love & Guts

Apr 17, 2020

#150 Dr Sarah Buckley is trained as a GP (family physician)  with qualifications in GP obstetrics. She is the author of the internationally best-selling book Gentle Birth. Gentle Mothering and the scientific report Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, published with Childbirth Connection (US) in 2015.

Sarah is also mother to four children, all naturally born and raised, now happy and healthy in their teens and twenties.

Sarah’s work supports parents to be well informed, and to listen to their hearts and instincts, and take their rightful place as the real experts in their bodies, babies, and families.

Sarah currently works as a writer and lecturer on pregnancy, birth and parenting and is also a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. 

See  and her Hormonal Physiology report at

Sarah speaks so passionately about gentle birthing and gentle mothering that my pregnant self can not help but get excited for now and what's to come. I am so very grateful that pioneers like Sarah exist to empower women and families in what could be one of the most glorious times in their lives.

In the episode we cover

  • Where the passion for pregnancy, gentle birth and parenting came from
  • What is an ecstatic birth
  • The four major hormonal systems active during labour and birth
  • The role of oxytocin during labour and postpartum and the practices that negatively impact their function
  • How mum’s giving birth during the covid - 19 pandemic can still have an ecstatic birth
  • How our hormones ‘behave’ in that first hour after birth and how can we work with them harmoniously
  • And so much more