Bonding with Baby

A Benefit of Natural Delivery




The bonds that tie a mother to her new-born may be stronger in women who deliver naturally than in those who deliver by Cesarean, or C-section, according to Yale School of Medicine researchers. It appears that a woman’s brain is “primed” by vaginal delivery, which affects the production of oxytocin, a neurohormone linked to emotional connection and feelings of love.

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