Oxytocin-related resources

When this post first went live, I was flying to The Netherlands in order to speak at the Less is More … Oxytocine conference. It seemed like a great time to collate a few of the oxytocin-related resources here on my website, both for participants at the conference and also for anyone else who might find them useful, and we have kept it updated ever since, so here goes…

First and most recently, a review looking at why spontaneous physiological labour and birth is beneficial.

Oxytocin and birth: the latest evidence


I’ve also written about the benefits of spontaneous labour in In Your Own Time:

In Your Own Time


I share a fun way of understanding this in this blog post, about cats and labour.

A Tribute to Tricia’s Lab Cats


Exogenous oxytocin

Many women are given exogenous oxytocin during labour and birth. Exogenous simply means that it comes from outside the body, rather than being made within it. It’s the same molecule but the origin is important. That’s because exogenous oxytocin doesn’t have all the positive effects of oxytocin made by the woman’s own body, and it has downsides too.

Two of the key indications for oxytocin are induction of labour and the birth of the placenta – are such big topics that I already have resource pages on them:

Post-term pregnancy and induction of labour resources

Placental birth resources



I’ve also written books on both of these topics:

Inducing Labour

Birthing Your Placenta

More on synthetic oxytocin

Does oxytocin use affect the severity of OASI symptoms?

Synthetic oxytocin: looking beyond the benefits

Large Carbetocin trial published

“We have reached the limits of the domination of Nature…”


And even more importantly, some information and ideas about physiological labour and birth, and for promoting the flow of a woman’s own oxytocin:

What time are babies most likely to be born?

Let there be mood lighting…

When the simplest ideas are the best…

Alien environments and the hormone of love

The value of the knitting midwife

Tips for physiological birth of the placenta


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