An Epidural reduces the natural production of oxytocin in labour due to the numbing of the area which provides sensory feedback to the brain.

The catheter in the epidural space, used to administer the drug into the blood stream, also acts as a physical barrier to any neuro-messaging.

This can lead to labour slowing down, thus necessitating the use of Syntocinon;

The use of syntocinon can result in

  • prolonged pushing;
  • increased risk of instrumental birth
  • and an effect on the bonding hormones.