Natural Ways to Induce Labor

induceMy water broke at noon and I tried for 8 hours to get my contractions started.  I really didn’t want any interventions in my labor and wanted to have a natural childbirth.  I learned a lot about natural ways to induce labor because of this. And it turns out my contractions were happening all along and I just didn’t know it! I hope these can be helpful to you and your labor:

  1. Accupressure
  • In the webbing of your thumb and index finger. Pinch and rub in a circular motion for 30-60 seconds at a time with 1-2 minute breaks in between
  • Four finger-widths above the inside of your ankle bone: press firmly and rub in a circular motion
  1. Accupuncture
  • See a professional provider: there are specific treatments for inducing labor
  1. Attitude
  • Tension, stress, doubt or fear can stop labor-Ina May talks about this in her books Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.  If you haven’t already read these I highly recommend them! It is amazing how our minds effect our bodies!
  • Explore emotional blocks-Again, Ina May talks about how she has seen people actually slow down or stop their laboring because of emotional blocks.
  • Let yourself have a good cry and release tension
  • Take a warm bath and relax
  1. Herbs: Please discuss this with your caregiver before using
  1. Bowel Stimulation: discuss this with your caregiver before using!!
  • Enemas
  • Castor oil (2 to 4 oz in chocolate ice cream or as directed by care provider)

o   Increase your hydration due to risk of dehydration

  1. Changing Positions
  • To speed up labor-every 20-30 minutes–sitting on the toilet is often a great one for getting things going. I found being on all fours to be most helpful. A yoga ball can also be helpful to keep you moving without wearing you out.
  1. Eating or drinking
  • To speed up labor due to lack of energy–something high in electrolytes like Gatorade can help.  Many times women don’t have an appetite while laboring so getting something compact, like a protein bar, can be helpful.
  1. Massage
  • Vigorous but not deep tissue to increase circulation–I found my lower back/base of my spine to be most helpful.
  1. Nipple Stimulation
  • Hot towels while massaging
  • Breast pumps
  • Have your partner help
  • Rolling nipples between thumb and forefinger
  1. Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
  • Uterine toner
  • Make sure it’s not raspberry flavored t ea
  1. Sex
  • The energy that gets the baby in is the energy that gets the baby out
  • Stimulates oxytocin release
  • Prostaglandins are present in semen and can help soften cervix
  • Oral ingestion of prostaglandins increase benefit 10x
  • Warning! No intercourse if Bag of Waters (BOW) is broken!
  1. Thumb Sucking
  • There is an acupressure point on the roof of your mouth that may cause or intensify contractions!
  • Dumdub lollipops are the perfect size to stimulate this point
  1. Visualizations
  • Visualizing opening up (like a blooming flower, etc) can start or intensify labor-this was incredibly helpful to me.  I just visualized my body/cervix opening with each contraction as I breathed and visualized it opening up further with each one.
  1. Walking
  • To speed or start labor
  • Curb walking: one foot on the curb, other on the street…then switch sides
  • Walking up stairs two at a time—UP ONLY! Take them one at a time on the way down and be careful!

REMEMBER: ANY INDUCTION (MEDICAL OR ORTHERWISE) WILL ONLY WORK IF BABY IS READY!

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My little cone head baby minutes after he was born!

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