There is an innate wisdom that exists in every human being.

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As a woman approaches her estimated due date or passes it, there are many messages that may put into question whether her body and baby are wise enough to know when to open, release, and surrender to the process of birth and life outside the womb.  In my experience as an acupuncturist and birth attendant, many of the barriers to the onset of labor are a matter of the mind or a matter of policy.

In some cases, if the mother’s endocrine system was out of balance before conception, from recent or extended use of the birth control pill or fertility treatments, this imbalance may be a true barrier to the spontaneous onset of labor. If this is the case, it is not a sentence to medical induction, it is just noteworthy.  Also a history of physical trauma to the cervix from previous surgeries or infection can present a physical barrier that may affect to flow of labor and delivery. A mother with a history of an imbalanced endocrine system or cervical trauma may need to do extra work to help support and balance her system well before her due date arrives.

As long as mom and baby are doing well and the placenta remains vital there is often no need for a medical induction.

It is important to remember that the average gestation for a first-time mother who is not medically induced is 41 weeks and a day.  At 36 weeks most babies are developed enough to live outside of the womb, however their optimal gestation is unique to their situation and a medical induction before 40 weeks should only be considered if there is a real risk to mom and baby.  That being said, there is an abundance of ways to prepare and ripen a mother for labor and delivery.  The beauty of many of the natural labor-promoting protocols is that they will only work if mother and baby are ripe for the process.  Thirty-six weeks’ gestation is the earliest that any of these treatments should begin.

It is important to remember that the average gestation for a first time mother who is not medically induced is 41 weeks and a day. At 36 weeks most babies are developed enough to live outside of the womb, however their optimal gestation is unique to their situation and a medical induction before 40 weeks should only be considered if there is a real risk to mom and baby. That being said, there is an abundance of ways to prepare and ripen a mother for labor and delivery and the beauty of many of the natural labor promoting protocols is that they will only work, if mother and baby are ripe for the process.

Following is a link to some recommendations to promote labor:

Promoting Labor Naturally

Promoting Labor Naturally

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