GETTING LABOR STARTED SESSION

Are you or someone you know overdue?  I offer one on one sessions in the comfort of your home to help gently encourage the start of labor.

One 60-Minute Session: $100

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WHEN IS IT NEEDED?

There are several situations when it is preferable that labor start sooner rather than later. These include:

  • Prolonged pregnancy (the WHO recognizes than normal human gestation at term is 38-42 weeks)

  • Elevated blood pressure (gestational hypertension at term)

  • Women with type 1 or 2 diabetes at term

  • Rupture of membranes at term without labor

WHAT DOES THE SESSION ENTAIL?

This session begins by talking about your pregnancy, any previous births (this can give clues about issues which may cause recurrent malposition), family history (sometime there is a family history of longer gestation), and talking about where you think baby is.

We then use a variety of techniques, many from traditional midwives in mexico and south america, to try to increase the chances of labor starting by incorporating:

  • Optimal Fetal Positioning. There is evidence to suggest that prolonged pregnancy is associated with fetal malposition, which can delay the start of labor due to the lack of an even pressure of baby’s head on the cervix. This post suggests that baby position may effect bishop score.

    The techniques we use gently encourage baby to rotate so labor can begin and progress smoothly (and be quicker and less painful). Our approach includes inversions, belly dancing, massage and acupressure, birth ball positions, as well as various rebozo techniques. We can also teach you and your partner (if possible) techniques for labor that can help if things do not progress smoothly.

  • Relaxation. Back and shoulder massage followed by a foot massage using essential oils can help relax the body and mind. Focus on labor acupressure points helps to encourage contractions.

Besides these techniques, we also go over breast massage and provide you with a detailed handout showing the techniques and positions practiced so that you can continue to use them to encourage labor and even once labor begins.

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Disclaimer: You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you are worried about your babies movements please contact your care provider.