Homeopathic Induction- How long does it take? How does it work?

Induction of labour using homeopathic remedies is a completely SAFE option for nudging your body into labour.  The remedies are safe for both you and your baby.  There are not any remedies that are unsafe, remedies cannot be contraindicated when other medications are being administered and the only effect of taking the wrong remedy is that NOTHING will happen.

Now that all those questions are out of the way – how does it work?

When I give remedies to induce labour there are two aspects I consider:

1. What is the fear holding this woman or this baby back? This is the biggest reason women do not go into labour. Identifying the fear at the core level and then taking a remedy to lift the intensity of it, is how women go into labour after a remedy.

2.  Position of the baby – this is another way to induce labour – if the baby is posterior or breech then giving a remedy to correct the position will initiate labour because of the perfect pressure that creates on the cervix.

How LONG does it take to work?

There is no point in taking a remedy until you are 40 weeks.  Homeopathy cannot override your body.

I have had women go into labour within 5 min. of taking a remedy but the normal range I work with is 24 hours.  Within 24 hours something will be starting, you will fully be in labour or you will have had the baby.  The remedy only suggests to your body that you go ahead and do what you need to do and so when you do get going, it will be just as if labour has begun on its own.

How do you know which remedy to take?

Two options:

1.  I do homeopathic inductions  for free – you can book a time to see me or book a telephone induction.

2.  Access my e-book – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy which outlines several remedy pictures for induction along with a host of other valuable information including remedies for labour and postpartum recovery.

if you need guidance or want to access my services please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com

Pulsatilla 200C- when and why to use this remedy

Pulsatilla is a very common remedy to see in pregnancy, labour and postpartum.  If a remedy works well for you in pregnancy – i.e. it addresses your morning sickness, then it is highly likely that will also be useful for induction, to augment labour or to support any breastfeeding challenges.  Pulsatilla is a remedy that appears to follow a woman from pregnancy to postpartum and often it will be the first remedy to consider should the baby need a remedy.

Pulsatilla emotionally looks like:

  • weeps easily
  • looks for comfort and reassurance and allows this
  • indecisive
  • emotional about other children, fear of them feeling abandoned
  • looks to those around her for guidance instead of tapping into her own

Physically this translates as:

  • discharges that are yellow, thick and emerging from eyes, nose, ears – newborn goopy eyes
  • craves touch no matter what – even while in transition prefer to be cuddled and touched
  • morning sickness that changes day by day – different triggers, different times, different reactions to food.
  • indecisiveness is reflected in the baby assuming many positions during pregnancy and often goes breech, labour that starts and stops and is experienced all through the body – contractions in legs, bum, back, abdomen, unable to commit to the labour taking Pulsatilla will create a regular rhythm to the labour and is the gesture of commitment that is needed to progress.
  • goes into labour only when children are in bed or being cared for – reluctant to really be in labour without the midwives, husband, mother, support team that she has assembled all around her – within sight
  • very changeable milk supply and supply that is easily effected by food, company, upset, discharges etc.

pulsatilla

Pulsatilla is a plant remedy, made of the wind flower – it blooms in the spring and softly blows in the wind – a way to remember its soft, changeable nature and being a plant its reaction to and awareness of its environment.

Babies

  • use Pulsatilla for babies if you have a baby with separation anxiety – by that I mean if you cannot walk out of a room without the baby weeping.
  • This is such a useful remedy for siblings that may be feeling jealous and becoming very weepy and whiny as a means of expressing their feelings.  Pulsatilla will reassure them of their stability in the family.

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Breech Babes

Pulsatilla is a remedy that makes a suggestion to a baby to turn head down.   That is actually how the remedy works.  It gently suggests that anatomically it is easier to make an entrance in a head down, anterior position, this is just how most babies fit best through the pelvis.  Variations of this position usually create a period of waiting in labour as the baby makes its way to an optimal fit.

The reason homeopathy is so incredibly safe to take in pregnancy and labour , is that the only way it works is WITH the body. Working with the knowledge each person possesses, it reminds mothers and babes of the simple design of the body.

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This footling breech babe – born au natural!

IF f there is a reason for a breech position – like the placenta has grown in a way that is blocking a position change or the cord has become looped in a way that will be restricted with a turn, then the baby just will not move.  NO remedy will override the wisdom of the body and this includes the mother’s body and the baby’s body.  I also would assume that there are some babies that just know that they are meant to be born breech.  Every body is unique.

The remedy will make the suggestion and if it is accepted, the baby will turn within 24 hours.  Interestingly mothers rarely seem to feel the turn, even if this is happening late in the pregnancy.
This provides me with additional evidence that the simplicity of the body just feels normal – nothing invasive is happening, no real effort is made – it is simply a suggestion that is being carried out by the baby.

The remedy for a breech position is Pulsatilla 200C.  Take two pellets, that is all you need.

Pulsatilla mothers often are in an emotional state in which they are having difficulty landing on a solid plan for their birth, they may be debating home or hospital, frequently have people attending the birth they do not particularly want present and are focused on how to make everyone around them happy.  They may even feel unsure about their ability to give birth and feel unprepared to make that commitment. The indecisiveness is reflected in the baby – the baby moves into many positions or lands in a breech position,  which in turn takes the decision making process away from the mother and into the hands of a surgeon.

Taking Pulsatilla will strengthen the mother’s ability to be steady in her choices and ultimately reassure the baby that she is by his side as they have a birth experience together.

Lastly, you do not have to worry that taking Pulsatilla and turning the baby will induce labour.  Again this is a situation in which homeopathy CANNOT override your body and you will only go into labour if the time is right for everyone.

If you have specific questions about Pulsatilla or using homeopathy in your pregnancy please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com.

The Homeopathic Pregnancy ~ Ottawa Birth Centre workshop

The Homeopathic Pregnancy

led By Piper Martin B.Ed., DS Hom.Med

Classical Homeopath

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  • March 21st, 10-4 pm
  • Ottawa Birth Centre , 2260 Walkley Road
  • $200.00 – please register on-line @ wwwpipermartin.com

Piper Martin has been practicing homeopathic medicine, attending births and educating midwives for the past 15 years.  She is capable of translating homeopathic information into recognizable, clinical, experience to support you in truly knowing how to use homeopathy in pregnancy, labour and postpartum care.  

You will receive:

Two E-Books – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy and Birth Kit Essentials as well as her new illustrated workbook – The Homeopathic Pregnancy

We will cover ten remedies that will refresh your practice – their practical use during pregnancy, labour and postpartum. We will have time for specific questions and discovery of your own.

Register at – http://www.pipermartin.com – upon receipt of your payment you will receive the confirmation of your place as well as two e-books to contemplate before the workshop.

If Back Labour is your thing….

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Did you know that back labour – the babe in a posterior position – creates a longer, more painful labour? Perhaps you are only too well aware of this having endured a posterior birth.

Kali Carb 200C will ask the baby to turn.  This can be taken any time in later pregnancy (35 weeks onward), to induce labour (to create optimal pressure to dilate the cervix) or during labour.

Regular consultations with  a chiropractor that specializes in pregnancy is also an incredibly useful support to assist optimal fetal positioning.

You and the baby both are aware that there is a faster, easier way to descend and emerge – the remedy – kali carb 200C merely reminds you both of this knowing.  For more information on remedies to take during labour and postpartum please consult my e-book -

The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy, available at http://www.pipermartin.com.

love

Piper

Skype Inductions

Six years ago today.. me in labour with my youngest babe.

Six years ago today.. me in labour with my youngest babe.

Just wanting to spread the word that FREE homeopathic inductions can happen via Skype.  You simply book an appointment with me on my on-line booking system, write into the referral section that you would like to have a Skype induction and away we go.  My skype name is pipermartin68, add me as a contact and we can chat in the time you have arranged.  I have been doing inductions all over the world and it feels fantastic.  I want more, bring it on.    If you are the shy type and just want to work on this quietly on your own check out my e-book – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy – full of info. on how to induce your own labour.  Available on my website – http://www.pipermartin.com

love

Piper

Fire it UP! Dancing in and out of Early Labour……

Some suggestions to fire up a labor

 

Fireworks #1

 

  enough to keep you awake but not intense enough to really get the ball rolling?

MOVE – as much as you are able without exhausting yourself

GET NAKED – with your partner, get some love hormones flowing, massage, cuddle, shower, swim – engage with LOVE.

 

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES 

 

  • Pulsatilla 200C - this is the remedy when you are not really sure you want to do this….. it is a commitment remedy, helps you declare that you are going forward, having a baby, allowing this babe free passage…
  • Cimicifuga and Caulophyllum 15C – will make those contractions productive.  Take 2 pellets of each every 15min. for 1 hour.
  • Gelsemium 200C – if labor had been moving beautifully and then its as if you get stage fright – the midwives arrive, you go to the hospital, people are watching and expecting something from you and everything slows down.

Gelsemium will kick it back into action.

 

All health food stores will carry these homeopathic remedies.  They are safe for mothers and babes and will not cause a contraindication with any allopathic drugs during the birth experience.

For more specific information on homeopathic remedies for your birth please visit my website at http://www.pipermartin.com and access my e-book:  A Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy

 

The Basics – Using Homeopathy to Induce Labour

Inductions are something I spend time doing every week in my practice.  Women wanting to avoid medical induction can use homeopathy to gently and safely nudge their bodies into action.  This is an aspect of care that I offer for FREE.  I do that because it is something I want to make accessible to all women and  because I feel so strongly about birth as an opportunity – going into labour on your own is just part of the MAGIC! I can be reached via skype, telephone or in person at my clinic.

Time Line

40 weeks – this is the point in which I will start working with a woman.  Trying to induce labour early is not an option as you cannot override your body with homeopathy.

41 weeks – this is an ideal time to start using remedies for induction.  Your body has had time to begin labour on its own and if there is something blocking you it usually starts to become quite clear as the days go by.

24 hours – this is the amount of time it takes a remedy to work for induction.  Within the 24 hour period you will start to notice signals from your body of labour – loose stool, cramping, contractions, rupture of membranes, bloody show etc.  It will be gentle and at the pace set by your body.

There are a wide variety of remedies that are used for induction.  The main reason women go overdue is NOT because their bodies are not  capable or knowing, it is because of FEAR.  All of the remedies I use for induction are to address specific fears.  So the way in to this process is to be able to identify what you are afraid of – during birth, postpartum, breastfeeding or motherhood.

Over these next few days I will create a portrait of several remedies I use for induction.  The great thing is that there are really central groups of specific fears women have which really narrows down the group of remedies to choose from.

For more specific information on using homeopathy for induction please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com.

I have two main resources for this topic available there – one is a podcast on Homeopathic Induction that I did for VoiceAmerica last summer.  The other is my e-book, The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy,  which is available for $20.00.  This outlines all the top induction remedies, remedies for morning sickness, postpartum remedies and remedies for babies and breastfeeding in the immediate postpartum.

Homeopathic Medicine v.s Fear and Anxiety!

Hi Piper!
It has been a few months since I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl….you gave me a remedy for fear and anxiety and I wanted to thank you so much!!!! I had the most empowering experience and I attribute it to your knowledge and insight. This will be our last baby and I was able to remain present and it was the most beautiful experience I have had to date. I just wanted to thank you so much…an angel you are Piper! Have a wonderful day!

Denise

If you are fearful and want to stay present for yourself and your baby – consider using homeopathy during your birth.

Remedies such as Aconite, Belladonna and Arsenicum are all brilliant ways to alleviate fear.  Reducing fear means a faster birth and a calmer baby.  Check out The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy available on my website — http://www.pipermartin.com for more detailed information.

xo Piper

Cimicifuga and Caulophyllum – When and How to Use these Remedies

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  • Cimicifuga and Caulophyllum are best used in a 15C or 30C potency when contractions have already begun.
  • Use them to augment your labour.
  • Take two pellets of Cimic, let them dissolve.  Take two pellets of Caul. let them dissolve.
  • Wait 15 min.
  • Repeat
  • Do this every 15 min. until an hour has passed.  If they are going to work they will be working strongly within the hour.

Working means regular contractions that are productive, these remedies are especially good for women having contractions but their dilation is not changing.  The remedies will make the contractions productive.

For more specific information on how to use homeopathy during labour please check out – http://www.pipermartin.com for two on-line e-books – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy and Birth Kit Essentials.