More and more women are actively trying to avoid a medical induction. Depending on your healthcare provider and where you are planning to give birth, there are different recommendations around when a medical induction should be performed. Here in Calgary, AB the hospital policy recommends performing an induction 10 days after your expected due date, although some OB's and midwives recommend up to 14 days. It's good to talk to your health care provider to know what to expect if your pregnancy goes on into post-dates.
So what are the natural alternatives to medical induction?
Dr. Andrea uses herbs* to increase the body's natural oxytocin and prostaglandins. Acupuncture to open the body's natural channels (meridians) to help labor to flow. Along with homeopathics, that address the underlying imbalance that is holding labor back. There are also a handful of lifestyle changes that can naturally support the shift into early labor.
*note- although herbs are natural they aren't always safe during pregnancy and birth. Please only use herbs recommended by a herbalist or naturopathic doctor and adhere to the dosage directions.