Natural Ways to Induce Labor

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“Every baby comes out eventually” may be true, but that doesn’t exactly provide comfort at the end of a long pregnancy. Whether you are past your due date or just ready to get that baby out of your belly, there are a few things you can do to speed the process up naturally.

While old-wives tales abound, some of the methods have actual research to back them up:

Sex: Although a recent study suggests that there is no correlation between having sex and going into labor, semen contains prostaglandins that soften and ripen the cervix. Women in the hospital are often given a synthetic prostaglandin at the first stage of inducing labor.
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The Friday Question: What Are The Natural Birthing Options In Your Area?

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baby and natural childbirthNatural childbirth seems to be catching on amongst my peer group, but I’m not sure if it’s happening across the country.  Here in Oregon families have several natural childbirth choices available to them in hospitals, clinics and in the comfort of their own homes.  With both my kids I was fortunate enough to give birth in a local midwifery clinic furnished with antiques and hand sewn quilts.  Friends of ours have had water births in their homes or worked with midwives in local hospitals.   Do you have access to natural birth resources or is it trickier in your area?  What are your plans for labor?  (I realize that sometimes our bodies don’t cooperate with our plans.)