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OPHA Webinar: Impact of Labour and Birth on Lifelong Health and Wellbeing

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Dr. Sarah Buckley will present the results of her ground-breaking report Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing. Her presentation will have a focus on the impact of physiological birth on lifelong health and wellbeing, including through optimizing breastfeeding and maternal child attachment success, and the possible impacts of common maternity-care interventions on these hormonally-mediated processes. This presentation will provide key information about the life long health promoting effects of physiological birth for Public Health professionals and all HCPs that provide support during labour and birth.

At the end of the presentation participants will have a basic understanding of:

  • The normal hormonal physiology of childbearing

  • How common maternity care practices may impact hormonal physiology

  • The important impact physiological birth can have on breastfeeding, attachment and maternal mental health and lifelong health

  • The importance of supporting women’s informed decisions in labour and birth






Sarah J. Buckley is a New-Zealand-trained GP/family physician with qualifications in GP-obstetrics and family planning. She is the mother of four home-born children, and currently combines full-time motherhood with her work as a writer on pregnancy, birth, and parenting. She lives with her family in Brisbane, Australia, where she is also a PhD candidate at the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. Dr. Buckley’s work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth, and parenting from the widest possible perspectives, including scientific, anthropological, cross-cultural, psychological, and personal. Dr. Buckley has an ongoing interest in the hormones of labour and birth, and this has culminated in her ground-breaking report Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing (2015 Childbirth Connection, a program of the National Partnership for Women and Families). This report, available for free online, has been described as “…one of the most revolutionary and influential publications on maternity and newborn care ever issued.”

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