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Sarah Buckley
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  • Epidurals in Labour (Part 2)
    What do you know about epidurals and their risk and benefits?  In this blog (Part 2), Dr Buckley explores the impacts of epidural on the hormones of labour and birth , and what this might mean for mothers and babies in the short and longer-terms. (You can read Part 1 here) Like all interventions in [...]

  • Epidurals in Labour
      What do you know about epidurals and their risk and benefits?  In this blog (Part 1) , Dr Buckley explores the impacts of epidural on oxytocin and the flow of labour, and what this might mean for mothers and babies. Epidurals are a very effective method of pain relief for labouring women, and are [...]

  • 2017: Reasons for Hope
    From the personal and local, to the national and global, things seem to be getting more extreme and polarised, and it can be easy to sink into despair and hopelessness. Please remember that we have been here before, (the Cold War for example), and we got through that too. Maybe these collectively intense experiences are [...]

  • Gentle, Natural, Mammalian Birth
    In the festive season, we celebrate perhaps the most famous gentle, natural, birth in history. Blessed Mary gave birth to her legendary baby in the most low-technology setting imaginable... and surrounded by mammals. Could this be a powerful teaching to us, across time, about human birth? As I emphasise in my lectures and  workshops, the [...]

  • Normal Labour and Birth Conference, Sydney 2016: Science, Love and Dancing!
    The International Normal Labour and Birth Conference, downunder for the first time this October (2016), was, as one participant described, "A perfect blend of science, love, and dancing.” It was a pleasure and privilege to participate, alongside stellar speakers, articulate advocates, refined researchers, and many, many, marvellous midwives (and midwifery students) from all over the [...]