Kissing During Labor to Reduce Anxiety and Increase Oxytocin

by January Harshe on December 1, 2012

It really can help. My last labor was very long and hard. During one part, kissing my husband between and even during contractions helped me relax and distracted me from intense contractions. Justine, a photographer, has recently witnessed this herself.

She says, “I snapped this photo of my client Danielle during her labor of her new baby girl. She was fully dilated and pushing within 5 minutes of taking this photo. She had a natural hospital birth. We had listened to Ina May Gaskin talk about kissing during labor and here is the end result…a relaxed momma.”

“Kissing reduces anxiety and increases oxytocin levels, a extremely calming hormone and produces a feeling of peace.  But don’t just take my word on it! Listen to Ina May Gaskin talk about just this thing.” ~Justine Marie Photography

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

VMC December 1, 2012 at 10:41 am

I m 100 % agreed and found it very effective in my patient labor progress


Kendra Parry December 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Kissing worked for me… I was very relaxed and sooo in love during my labor!


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