Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing

Comprehensive Report Examines the Science on the Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing and Its Implications for Women, Babies and Maternity Care

The country’s maternity care system is missing opportunities to provide better care and use resources more wisely by routinely intervening in labor and delivery in ways that interfere with, instead of promoting, supporting and protecting, innate biological processes that result in healthier outcomes for women and newborns. That is the conclusion of a major new report, Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care. The unprecedented synthesis of scientific research on how hormone systems function from late pregnancy through the early postpartum period concludes that commonly used maternity interventions — such as labor induction, epidural analgesia, and cesarean section — can disturb hormonal processes and interfere with the benefits they offer.

News Release
New Scientific Report: Unnecessary Medical Interventions in Labor and Delivery May be Putting Mothers, Babies at Risk

New Report: Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing
Full Report (PDF)
Contents with Full Outline (PDF)
Executive Summary (PDF)
Abstract & Topline Recommendations (PDF)
Full Recommendations (PDF)

New Booklet for Women
“Pathway to a Healthy Birth” (PDF)
“Camino Hacia un Parto Saludable” (PDF)

Fact Sheets for Clinicians
Bundle of all seven fact sheets (PDF)
1. The Hormonal Cascade of Childbearing (PDF)
2. Core Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing Principles (PDF)
3. Physiologic (Spontaneous) Onset of Labor versus Scheduled Birth (PDF)
4. Low-Stress Birthing Environments (PDF)
5. Non-Pharmacologic Pain Management versus Epidural Analgesia (PDF)
6. Physiologic Birth versus Cesarean Section (PDF)
7. Early Skin-to-Skin Contact Between Mothers and Newborns (PDF)

Fact Sheet for Policymakers
Delivering High-Quality, High-Value Care to Childbearing Women and Babies: Policymakers Can Make a Difference (PDF)

Infographics and Posters

Infographic for Women: Pathway to a Healthy Birth (Printable poster/flyer)

Infographic for Clinicians: Pathway to a Healthy Birth (Printable poster/flyer: no bleed or full bleed)


(Please feel free to print and distribute. Infographic design by NowSourcing.)