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Podcast Episode #168

How to bring labour naturally

How to bring labour naturally

As the due date draws near, expectant mothers often find themselves thinking about a few topics: how to bring on labour naturally and creating the right birthing environment for them.

In this podcast featuring the experienced midwife Beth Ryan, a treasure trove of insights and guidance was shared, delving into these two very topics. From potential ways to gently initiate labour, to the art of crafting a relaxing and calm birthing space, the episode has it all.

5 Natural Approaches to Labour:

1. How to open the cervix naturally

Beth Ryan shed light on the positive impact of intimacy, highlighting that engaging in sexual activity can be advantageous due to the presence of prostaglandins and oxytocin. These elements play a pivotal role in softening the cervix and initiating the onset of labour.

2. Can dates help to bring on labour?

While not a guaranteed method, the consumption of dates has been associated with facilitating cervical ripening. Its potential to contribute to a smoother labour experience adds a touch of allure to this simple and natural approach.

3. Does drinking raspberry leaf tea bring on labour?

Believed to enhance uterine tone, this tea prepares the uterus for labour. While it may not directly bring on labour, its influence on labour readiness is notable, making it an interesting addition to the discussion.

4. How nipple stimulation helps to induce labour

This natural approach triggers the release of oxytocin, a hormone integral in driving uterine contractions. While not a certainty, it presents a potential avenue to encourage labour progression.

5. Walking to help induce labour

Beyond its physical benefits, walking aids the baby’s descent into the pelvis and stimulates contractions. While immediate labour initiation is not guaranteed, it contributes to a more efficient labour process.

Cultivating a Calm Birth Environment

The second segment of the episode ventured into the art of crafting a serene birthing space, particularly in the context of induced labour. Beth Ryan shared valuable insights and pragmatic tips to ensure a comfortable and tranquil environment.

1. Embrace Positivity and Patience

Understanding that induction methods might not yield instantaneous outcomes, maintaining a positive outlook and demonstrating patience can alleviate stress and anxiety.

2. Embrace Relaxation Techniques

Techniques such as deep breathing, mindfulness, and meditation provide solace during internal procedures, contributing to a more positive experience.

3. Leverage Waiting Periods

Amid waiting periods between induction stages, embracing rest is important. Dimming lights, embracing heat packs, and even seeking mild pain relief all contribute to a sense of well-being.

4. Crafting a Calming Birth Space

Simple gestures such as adjusting lighting, introducing gentle LED candles, and incorporating familiar items from home culminate in an atmosphere of tranquillity.

5. Honouring the Natural Setting

Echoing the tendencies of other mammals seeking sheltered spaces to give birth, establishing an environment of safety and tranquillity significantly enhances the birthing experience.

This podcast echoed the sentiment that a positive and informed approach elevates the journey of induced labour.

By embracing natural methods to encourage labour and fashioning a serene birth environment, expectant mothers can imbue their birthing experience with fulfilment and empowerment. While instantaneous results are not guaranteed, these methods grant a sense of control and agency during a momentous life event.

** This podcast has general information only. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health or medical condition. 

Podcast Sponsor

This podcast is sponsored by Baby Jogger, who have kindly provided a discount code for 20% off any full priced product.  Use Code ‘FIT20’.
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