Labour land, rock gods and The Big 4 – A guide to understanding birth hormones

The birth process for mammals is a hormonally driven process.

Having a good understanding of this process can help pregnant mothers work with their body in labour, as the 'cocktail' of hormones that can flow through a women’s body during labour can either ‘support’ labour or cause the uterus to work less effectively and cause pain to increase. 

This wonderful hormonal cocktail mix is responsible for starting labour, strengthening contractions, providing pain relief and even slowing or stopping labour - but how do we stimulate the hormones that support labour and manage the ones that cause the uterus to work less effectively and cause pain to increase?