Birth Planning, Understanding Pain

Systemic Medications for Labor

Systemic medications work by blocking the pain receptors in your brain. Depending on the strength of the medication given, the pain may be numbed or it may seem to completely go away. When administered directly into the blood through an IV, the

Birth Planning, Research

Induction: An Annotated Bibliography

J. Christopher Glantz MD MPH (2003) Labor Induction Rate Variation in Upstate New York: What Is the Difference? Birth 30 (3), 168–174. Research Conclusions: Labor induction rates are highly variable among and within hospitals. Delivery volume, population risk status, and differences in cesarean

Birth Planning

Do you know the reasons for an induction?

The Listening to Mothers II survey revealed an interesting statistic. Half of the women in their survey had attempted to induce labor. 22% tried to start labor on their own at home and 41% had used medical induction methods. 39% of the

Birth Planning

Can I induce labor at home?

In the Listening to Mother’s II survey 50% of the participants attempted to start labor artificially. 22% of the participants tried to start labor on their own. The most common reason was that the mother wanted to get labor over with. The

Birth Planning, Labor Tools

Herbs for Labor: Red Raspberry Leaf

What it is: The leaf from the Red Raspberry plant (either Rubus strigosus or Rubus idaeus) is made into a tea that can be drank throughout pregnancy to hep tone the uterus. How it works: Red Raspberry Leaf tea has been used

Birth Planning, Labor Tools

Herbs for Labor: Evening Primrose

What it is: Native to North America, the Evening Primrose is so named because its yellow flowers bloom in the evening. This plant’s oil is extracted from the seeds and placed in capsules. How it works: Evening primrose oil helps to soften

Birth Planning, Labor Tools

Herbs for Labor: Comfrey Leaf

What it is: Comfrey is a perennial herb with hairy broad leaves. It’s internal use is to be avoided, however externally the leaves help prevent infection and promote healing. How it works: Comfrey leaf can be helpful after your baby is born

Birth Planning, Labor Tools

Herbs for Labor: Cohosh

What it is: Blue and black cohosh are roots from two separate plants. Blue cohosh, Caluphyllum thalictroides, is also known as squaw root, papoose root, blue ginseng or yellow ginseng. Black cohosh, Cimicifuga racemosa, is also known as baneberry, black snakeroot, bugbane,

Birth Planning, Labor Tools

Castor Oil for Labor

What it is: In an attempt to start labor, some women will drink a mixture of castor oil and juice. The various recipes for this mixture are generally called a “midwife cocktail,” or a “castor oil induction.” How it works: Castor oil

Birth Planning, Labor Tools

Herbs for Labor: Angelica Root

What it is: Angelica root has been used for women’s health in china for thousands of years. It is a uterine tonic and hormonal regulator. How it works: Angelica root is a powerful uterine stimulant. It can help to expel a retained