Helena’s Birth Story – Getting Into Active Labour

How to get your body into active labour

I still have a couple of birth stories to share, with my input as a labour and delivery nurse. Even though I wasn’t present for the birth, I’m hoping to shed some light for the woman who had the experience, and also for anyone else interested in knowing the intricacies of having a baby. This one is neat because Helena had a pretty common issue, she was in prodromal labour for a while, but had a hard time getting into active labour. So, Helena wrote her own story and my information is in the boxes below. Enjoy! Please don’t...

How to Naturally Induce Labour Yourself – Four Incredible Tricks

Inductions are a hot topic these days. Unfortunately medical inductions are overused and often for the wrong reasons. Many inductions are medically indicated, for example if either mom or baby are unwell, but many aren't. The fact that we have the option of medically inducing labour, means that sometimes these options are used when they are not warranted. In my practice, I often see women who are being induced because "their doctor said they could" or  because "I'm done being pregnant." These are not valid reasons for inducing labour. Women usually go into labour when their bodies and babies are ready. Actually, for some women, it might be totally normal not to go into labour until 42 weeks. Hurrying this process can lead to multiple interventions and an increased risk of c-section. ACOG (The American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians) say potentially up to 50% of inductions will end in c-section, with the risk being 30% when women go into labour on their own. Do keep in mind though that these are American stats, but none the less, inductions are not to be taken lightly. In this post, I will go over four methods of trying to induce labour naturally. I won't be talking about the medical ways labour is induced in hospital. The methods I'll discuss are common and often recommended by doctors and midwives, but please remember that I'm not your health care practitioner, so please consult with yours before trying these methods! Also, these methods are only meant for healthy full term pregnancies.

Natural Labour Induction Inductions are a hot topic these days. Unfortunately medical inductions are overused and often for the wrong reasons. Many inductions are medically indicated, for example if either mom or baby are unwell, but many aren’t. The fact that we have the option of medically inducing labour, means that sometimes these options are used when they are not warranted. As a labour and delivery nurse, I often see women who are being induced because “their doctor said they could” or  because “they’re done being pregnant.” These are not valid reasons for inducing labour. Women usually go into...