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Labor Preparation: Why You Don’t Need It

January 1, 2014

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In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about labor preparation and why you DON’T need it.

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  1. Caroline Christian says:

    Could you possibly supply links to the studies relating to evening promise oil and instrumental deliveries? Thanks

  2. Amber says:

    Great podcast! After being pressured into taking natural inducements because my water broke without any labor starting, I really couldn’t agree more. My husband and I knew that they were still interfering with the process when nothing was actually wrong. You can read my birth story on my blog. Do you have any thoughts regarding premature water breaking? Thanks for your resource – we are researching unassisted birth for our current pregnancy. 😉

  3. Oral evening primrose oil: its effect on length of pregnancy and selected intrapartum outcomes in low-risk nulliparous women.
    Dove D, Johnson P.
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    Birth Center: Holistic Women’s Health Care, L. L. C., Wilmington, DE 19805, USA.
    Abstract
    Evening primrose oil is widely used by many midwives to hasten cervical ripening in an effort to shorten labor and decrease the incidence of postdates pregnancies. Although its efficacy has been studied in the relief of symptoms of a number of medical conditions, its use has not been well studied, if at all, for the purpose of cervical ripening. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of oral evening primrose oil on the length of pregnancy and selected intrapartum outcomes in low-risk nulliparous women. A two group retrospective quasi-experimental design conducted on a sample of women who received care in a birth center, compared selected outcomes of 54 women taking evening primrose oil in their pregnancy with a control group of 54 women who did not. Findings suggest that the oral administration of evening primrose oil from the 37th gestational week until birth does not shorten gestation or decrease the overall length of labor. Further, the use of orally administered evening primrose oil may be associated with an increase in the incidence of prolonged rupture of membranes, oxytocin augmentation, arrest of descent, and vacuum extraction.

  4. Kai says:

    I’m surprised you speak about ingesting essential oils so lightly when you regard so many other things as potentially dangerous… essential oils are very powerful and should rarely be ingested. Clary sage is generally contraindicated before the 40th week of pregnancy.

  5. Maryn Green says:

    Ingesting clary sage? I made no mention of such a thing. And I do not agree about clary sage (topically) inducing labor. I have used it in many pregnancies, as have many, many women. Please do some research! And don’t use anything you don’t feel good about!

  6. Tina says:

    Very helpful, thank you. The midwifery practice I visited during pregnancy routinely recommends all mothers visit the chiropractor. They said all births go better if you see a chiropractor throughout pregnancy. They even had a chiropractic office attached to the midwife practice that specialized in pregnancy. Do you think this is overprescribed? Thanks!

  7. Sara Morris says:

    Excellent information! Thank you!

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