|Posted by Christa Buckland on November 12, 2009 at 3:50 PM|
For my first baby, I attempted to induce labour "naturally" by getting acupuncture. I think it was very successful as the next day I began pre-labour (a whole day of feeling sick - yay!) and then labour started early the next morning. Would I recommend it to others - NO!
At the time I thought I was doing the right thing, but in retrospect I wonder if I should have let my baby come in his own time. I had a traumatic labour and I wonder if that was partially because neither my body, nor my baby were really ready for it. I was not particularly overdue (only a few days) but I wanted to make sure he came before Christmas. Whilst I'm sure it would be a bit annoying for a child to share their birthday with Christmas I now think it is more important to let labour begin completely naturally whenever possible. Don't rush into it. Your body and baby will know when they are ready.
Of course if you are 2 weeks overdue and getting lots of pressure from your care-provider to induce medically, acupuncture could be a very good option. But there are more gentle ways of naturally inducing labour that I think should be tried first.
Have a look at www.naturalbirthplan.com for suggestions on gentle ways of naturally inducing labour.
And if you can, read "Gentle birth, gentle mothering" by Sarah J Buckley, MD. You can order it from Amazon or see her website www.sarahbuckley.com She has an excellent section about going overdue and the pros and cons for medical induction that you should be aware of before you consent. Her book gives both sides of the story and you will feel informed and empowered to make the choice that is right for you.
I guess the most important thing to remember is that it is "your body, your baby and your choice". No matter how much pressure you may be getting from people to induce labour, they can't force you if you do not feel it is right for you.
Lastly, if you do decide to have acupuncture or medical induction, being mentally prepared and relaxed will help it to be a gentle and natural experience. You can do it!