I have changed my views on induction! I am disgusted that I have created a trifold explaining how to induce even so called "naturally". There is no such thing as a natural induction. When I created my trifold I learned the risks of everything on there and added a clause for both "medical" and "natural" inductions, because moms can harm themselves and their babies by using any induction technique that is not a normal human function. When learning more about the labor process, we [I] actually cause more harm interfering, than good. I've contributed to causing more harm than good. This is my confession. I've shared it with others too. I am 100% guilty.
I have even learned that vaginal exams can cause the Ferguson's reflex; causing some of my clients to have PROM, prerupture of membranes, with no contractions, cramping and bleeding, or early births. I don't perform these exams, but I wasn't outspoken about the reflex that could happen prior to estimated due date. In my defense I didn’t know until 2012 and then began to put see the patterns of observation. These exams say absolutely nothing anyway. It has to make us wonder the cause these exams have on the births. In labor I have figured out why moms get the fancy sheet explaining infection signs. I have seen items go in that never EVER should have.
quote"The effects of EFA [Essential Fatty Acid] supplementation during pregnancy and lactation remain largely unknown, and their use cannot be recommended. Extensive but transient petechiae and ecchymoses have been reported in a newborn infant whose mother took a...
total of 6.5 g of EPO [Evening Primrose Oil] during the week before giving birth. 20 The oral use of EPO during pregnancy may also be associated with a more protracted phase of labor and an increased incidence of premature rupture of membranes, arrest of descent, oxytocin (Pitocin) administration, and vacuum extraction. 21 Additional concerns have been raised about adverse effects of EPO supplementation on conditions including platelet aggregation, cholesterol, and blood pressure,22–27 although there is insufficient evidence to assess these concerns." EPO also passes to breastmilk: http://www.medicinenet.com/evening_primrose_oil-oral/article.htm
There was another article, but I can't locate it.
RRL, Red Raspberry Leaf tea or supplements
The best way to avoid an induction is to say, "No." The mother is responsible for the birth outcome, not the doctor. She has been blessed with the authority to look after this baby and do what is best for her and her child. For some moms that is drinking a bottle of Castor oil, others it's going in for an induction, and others it's even waiting till 44 weeks. Many of my midwife friends are seeing 42, 43, and 44 week moms. How many other babies are being taken too soon?
Instead of inducing labor the mother could hug 8 people a day to get oxytocin going. Be intimate with her husband, including his semen on her cervix, a natural prostaglandin, and her having an orgasm. Walking is a great way to encourage baby into a good birthing position and mom getting extra endurance for birth. Moms can stand in front or a mirror, looking at herself, saying, "I am made to do this. My body and baby will work together. My baby is healthy. I am healthy. We can do this when the time is right." Watch a funny movie or go to a comedy club and get dopamines flowing. Eat a potato a day, not fries, with anything on it that mom desires, load it up. That will help raise serotonin levels. Bananas can too, but it's not as nutrient dense or fibrous. Continue eating healthy and exercising. The baby will come.
An excellent thread on this topic can be found http://www.facebook.com/groups/BirthPros/permalink/395028060519987/?comment_id=396378323718294&offset=0&total_comments=119
If you're not on there, it as some decent resources. Most times the normal,
natural, unhindered suggestions do get put down and you will quickly see
who they are through many threads, but they are very wise women speaking, if you're willing to listen.