Beta-endorphins work beautifully with your oxytocin, as it is your very own, naturally released pain killer! When your labour starts, you will have surges of oxytocin as well as a sharp rise in your endorphins’ levels. Scientific studies have shown that when no synthetic pain killers are used during labour, the natural endorphins levels are much higher.
High endorphin levels during labour and birth can induce a state of semi-consciousness, a feeling of being ‘spaced out’ which helps you deal with the pain associated with contractions and childbirth. Many women report feeling like they were in a bubble during their labour, aware of the outside world but fully immerged within their own body and anchored into their present experience.
This feeling is very possibly directly related to your hormones working together. Allowing yourself to enter and remain in this semi-conscious state and being supported in this can truly make your birthing experience unique.
Your hormones are released by your body as the need arise. It is a vastly unconscious process and during labour, the more relaxed and open you are, the more you allow yourself to just be, and not think, the better your body will be able to produce all the hormones you need to allow you to be in control and feeling positive.