Re: natural induction
From what I've heard, nipple stimulation is the most reliable. Black cohosh (an herbal supplement) and red raspberry leaf tea are supposed to help "tone your uterus" which can help labor, but I don't think these actually induce labor. Castor oil helps purge your digestive tract (read: diarrhea) and the spasms of your bowels often trigger your uterus to contract too, bringing on labor. You have to be careful, though... I read 1/2 tsp. every 1/2 hour for 3 hours should do it (and stay close to a bathroom!!). Stripping the membranes (which your doctor can do), walking/being active, and having sex all loosen the progesterone that has gathered around the cervix, which can help trigger labor. If you are in the hospital for an induction, you might ask for the doctor to break your bag of waters and then wait a few hours to see if labor starts naturally.