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‘Natural’ ways of bringing on labour or increasing its intensity

The topic of the Winter’ 02 issue of Birthings magazine from Homebirth Access Sydney was Natural induction.

All the following ideas were found in this publication.

  • Reflexology
  • Walking
  • Walking up and down stairs
  • Sex
  • Aromatherapy ( clary sage)
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Evening primrose oil massaged onto cervix
  • Drinking small amount of castor oil
  • Drinking cummin seed tea ( 1tsp seeds steeped in boiling water. 1 cup per day)
  • Homeopathy
  • Herbs – blue cohosh and black cohosh, and others.
  • Acupressure -four fingers above inner ankle on shinbone, just to the side of the smallest toes’ nail, deep in webbing between thumbs and forefinger.
  • Curry
  • A good laugh and light mood
  • Glass of red wine ( contains prostaglandins) –
  • Nipple stimulation
  • Strong brew rasberry leaf tea
  • Blowing up balloons ( intrabdominal pressure increase)
  • Bumpy car ride/motor bike ride
  • Visualisation/meditation
  • Intense music
  • Swinging on a swing
  • Moxibustion on specific points
  • Drinking fresh pineapple juice/eating lots of pineapple

Please note that I am passing on these suggestions only and do not vouch for their effectiveness nor their safety. It is strongly advisable to not self medicate, without good knowledge, with herbs as they can be very powerful and sometimes dangerous if used incorrectly.

It’s probably also worth asking yourself

  • Is the baby ok although post dates? ( CTGS and fluid checks)
  • Is there a family history of longer gestation?
  • Do I really need to do anything?
  • Is there anything needs to be said/done before I can give birth?

Although it’s a big ask – try not to angst about when the baby will come. Trust that it will when it’s ready.