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Inducing Labor

Approximately 40% of labors are induced. Learn the different methods of inducing labor.

Inducing Labor Brochure

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Directory of Information on Inductions
  • Medical Inductions          
  • Natural Methods          
  • Self Induction          
  • Risks and Benefits
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Techniques to Enhance Contractions
List of techniques for augmenting and inducing contractions.

Medical Inductions

Risks and Benefits of Induction

Understand the common reasons for labor induction as well as reasons to avoid inductions. Risks and Benefits of Labor Induction outlines information both on the value and potential risks of inducing labor.

Methods of Medical Induction

Methods of medical inductions reviews techniques commonly used in the hospital for induction of labor. These include:
  • Cervical Ripening
  • Membrane Sweeping
  • Amniotomy
  • Pitocin

Pitocin Induction

More thorough discussion of induction with pitocin, including information on bishop score as an assessment for cervical readiness.

Natural and Self-Induction of Labor

Natural Labor Induction

Compare natural labor induction techniques and self-induction methods. The most common natural labor techniques include:
  • Sexual activity
  • Physical Activity
  • Massage

Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is the application of essential oils which can be considered either a natural induction method or self-induction method. Common oils used in labor, safety considerations, and methods of use are discussed.

Herbal Induction

Various herbs from plants are used for herbal inductions. Safety of herbs in pregnancy, common herbs used in labor inductions, and safety issues are explored.

Castor Oil Induction

This topic will keep you running! The use of castor oil and other laxatives is presented, as well as safety concerns, methods of use, and effectiveness.


The use of naturally occuring prostaglandins is explained, including the use of evening primrose oil.

DOWNLOAD: Techniques to Enhance Contractions

Inducing Labor Brochure

Click the picture to the left to download the Techniques to Enhance Labor Contractions brochure. It provides researached information on numerous methods used to induce labor and/or stimulate more effective contractions once labor has started.

Information At A Glance

The information on this brochure is in outline form. While it is not comprehensive, it does give a quick and easy reference for commonly used techniques.

Information identifies:
  • Methods which can be used for induction or just for augmentation
  • Risks identified by research
  • Simple explanations as to why or how they are used
  • Identifies methods requiring medical license to use

Techniques Used to Enhance Labor

The techniques listed in this download include:
  • Positions with Open Pelvis
  • Positions using gravity
  • Physical movement and activity
  • Laxatives
  • Dilators
  • Prostaglandin agents
  • Herbs
  • Essential Oils
  • Oxytocin
  • Aquatherapy
  • Massage
  • Disruption of Membranes
  • Shiatsu
  • Abdominal Lifting
  • Vocal Toning
  • Focusing and Tuning In

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