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Old 14th December 2000, 04:36 PM
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I'm trying to find a safe way to induce labor. I'm at 39 weeks. The baby is due Christmas day, and I don't want to be in the hospital for Christmas. I have two toddlers who I want to be home for.
The baby has turned, and I'm currently about 3cm dilated. My doctor said he would induce me on Monday if I wanted, but the thought of such an interventionalist approach scares me. I labored & delivered naturally with both my previous births, with no intervention at all. I would like to find a way to encourage my labor naturally. Can someone tell me about Caulophyllum or Pulsatilla, or do you recommend something else?
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Michelle, I'm not 100% sure about the remedies, although I've seen Puls prescribed - but can't recall exactly what for - perhaps it was to help quicken labour...
So, hopefully others will be able to confirm that or not.

Obviously baby will come when he's ready - but I can understand your desire - esp since you're already dilated 3cm! I DO KNOW that if you tweek your nipples - this sets off a series of things in your body. Namely it stimulates the release of Oxytocin in your body - which is the natural form of the drug they tend to inject into women to speed-up labour - or jump-start it (not a good idea in my opinion to take those injections!).

Anyhow, tweek your nips often - and if you ge tired - let your husband have a go! ...also, it'll help re-toughen them in preparation for breastfeeding, as you probably already know.

The other thing (okay, don't blush) - is to have sex (not deep penetrating) - it is the orgasm that stimulates contractions - and helps get labour going.

At least those are some easy - natural things you can try. (and perhaps hubby won't mind since he's bound to be a bit out of the loop for a few weeks after baby ).

I'm sure some of the Homeopaths on here will post, soon enough - some rem suggestions. It might help, though - if you just make sure they know anything that might be of importance about your general health, previous experiences in past labours/births and your temperament as it is NOW.

Happy birthing and hope s/he comes as you'd like - before Christmas day!
Take care - all the best - and Happy Christmas
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Lisa,
Thank you for your reply, and your kind wishes. I'm actually using my breast pump to stimulate my nipples, which brings contractions, but they don't stick around. We're also having sex, which brought very strong contractions last night, but they stopped after only about 2 hours.
From what I've studied, Caulophyllum is what I should take to help jump-start things, but I don't know what dosage, how often, are there any reports of adverse affects on the baby, etc. Any info appreciated.
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Michelle,

Check out a thread dated may16 started by bijo. The URL is www.homeopathyhome.com/ultimate/Forum2/HTML/002491.html

Lots of good info there
If the URL doesn't work you can look it up by searching the archives

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Recomend pulsatilla 200, one dose, it should speed it up, and it will also lessens pains.

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Thank you all for taking the time to reply to my message. Your help is much appreciated.

GM - Could you please tell me why you recommend pulsatilla over caulophyllum? I just want to be sure I understand. Do either of these treatments have any known effects on the baby?
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Old 15th December 2000, 01:29 PM
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Hi

I'm the "bijo" who thread Barb referred to. I took Puls 200c like GM recommended. I took the first dose around 4-5PM evening May 16th and my labor started 12AM May 17 and my daughter was in my arms around 8 hours later

My labor was much easier than my first one and I healed very fast too. All these details are in the post.

And no, I didn't see any ill effects of using puls.

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Puls is the mildest, and safest, and is also imune strengthening, and antibacterial, and caolop on the other hand, will give sutch as dihorrea in both mother and child if unlucky, since i donr like unwanted effects, i use what, and others have found to be the best choice, pulsatilla.
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I hesitate to admit this association in this company ( ) but locally there is a Pediatrician who has included Homeopathy in their Practice. From experience at that Center I agree with GM, Puls 200c single dose should get things rocking and rolling for you.
Good luck, and Merry Christmas!
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I personally don't think you should tamper with nature; the baby will come when it is ready to. Now if you know you are a couple of weeks over your due dates then that is another matter.
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