Arsenicum in Labour

A woman who needs Arsenicum for induction of labour or to assist during labour often has one or several of the following fears:

  • deeply believes it is possible she will die during birth – to combat this fear she over researches and over plans every possible aspect that she can control.
  • fear of vomiting
  • fear of having a bowel movement during labour
  • fear of swearing, hitting or shouting at her partner
  • fear of the house being messed up
  • fear of getting an illness while in the hospital


  • VERY regularly Arsenicum women will go into labour at 1:00 am after taking a dose of the remedy to induce labour.  So if this is you, take a nap, this remedy has strong time modality.
  • unable to let go of her fears long enough to go into labour, this remedy will ease the anxiety enough to allow things to progress.


This is a remedy for second stage – Arsenicum women HATE pushing.  They hate the intense sensation, the fear of having a bowel movement, the feeling of a freight train charging through their bodies!

Occasionally they will say they have absolutely no urge to push but often they are stalled at this stage.  A dose of Arsenicum will again alleviate the intense control so that they are able to move onward.


Give two pellets of Arsenicum 200C and wait for the picture to unfold.

If you desire more information or guidance please visit my website –  I have two e-books for self-reference and I provide homeopathic consults via email internationally.  Homeopathic inductions are free and always will be.




The TOP Remedies to Address Fear in Labour….

There are recurring fears that come up as women prepare to open themselves to the opportunity of birth.


Fear of the Pain

  • anxious about the pain from the beginning of pregnancy
  • plans to get an epidural asap
  • nightmares and panic attacks about giving birth
  • history of pain that is triggering – trauma, old surgeries or injuries
  • prone to anxiety

Aconite 1M – use as often as needed before labour,during labour and postpartum.

Fear of losing control/having a bowel movement/vomiting

  • usually these women are very fastidious, in control and on top of things
  • they typically do not like second stage of labour – the out of control pushing
  • they like things neat and tidy so will not usually give birth at home unless they find the idea of the hospital too germy
  • usually go into labour at 1:00 am

Arsenicum 200C – 2 pellets during labour or when they go into labour

Fear of tearing or being cut –

  • previous trauma history – sexual abuse or birth trauma
  • fear of needles
  • hard time speaking up for themselves, are ultra polite when they feel dominated
  • hold in all of their emotions and create infections after birth such as UTI or cesarean incision infections

Staphysagria 200C – 2 pellets during labour and following any surgical incisions from birth

Fear of something happening to the baby –

  • generally very sympathetic
  •  very aware of how everyone in the room is feeling and reactive to anything that is said or observed
  • history of bleeding nose/gums/hemorrhage during pregnancy
  • very fast labours
  • feels very in touch with the baby throughout the pregnancy

Phosphorus 1M – 2 pellets at the start of labour, repeat as needed.

If you would like more specific guidance about choosing or using homeopathy please email me to set up a consult.  I offer free homeopathic induction to ALL women and online homeopathy on an ongoing basis. I am a Classical Homeopath and I haved been a specialist in the world of homeopathy and birth for 18 happy years!  I am the author of two e-books – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy and Birth Kit Essentials, both available on my website –



you are worth it all

I LOVE it when languages encourages and sets the tone for the situation. Women in labour need language that fits.

One of the things that I pay close attention to is the language a woman is using during her pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

It is a clear view of how she is feeling and how the thoughts in her mind are manifesting through her body.

Here are some indicators of remedies and their corresponding language:


“Help me”

“Please take it out”

“I don’t want to move, it makes me have contractions”

  • I would suggest Pulsatilla to support the woman in engaging in her own birth.
  • Pulsatilla leads the woman and reminds her of what she is capable of.


“This is killing me”

“I am going to die!”

  • Aconite is for women that get frightened and truly believe they are about to die.
  • The remedy settles the intensity of the fear and allows the woman to be present – especially useful during transition and during precipitous births.

If you are eating up homeopathic knowledge like candy and want to learn more feel free to contact me for mentoring!

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 –

The Homeopathic Pregnancy ~ Ottawa Birth Centre workshop

The Homeopathic Pregnancy

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

Classical Homeopath



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

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 – – upon receipt of your payment you will receive the confirmation of your place as well as two e-books to contemplate before the workshop.

Why you Need a Midwife…..

Midwives offer support in so many, many ways and one simple thing they can offer you is freedom of movement and position.   Moving is a way of encouraging and participating in labour.  Midwives will accommodate your choice of birthing position.  They will be on the floor, behind you, in front or beside – wherever you need them to be.  I had my fabulous midwife, Edie Posca, RM squished between me, my bed and a large wardrobe!

This simple way of supporting makes a quite a large difference when you are in a position that is working for you,  but not necessarily comfortable for your care provider.  Pushing out a babe in the position that your body has guided you to be in is important. It is one more reason why you need to seek midwifery care.

The Courage to be Whole Hearted!

Eve covers herself and lowers her head in sham...
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Imagine a life with no shame… what if you were free to think and feel and act from your heart?  What if you could show who you are with your Whole Heart?  This is my topic this week on The Whole Woman, September 1st, 2011. or i-Tunes – The Whole Woman.

I see many women who would like to have a home birth but hold back because they want to make husbands, mothers, in-laws or even their own children feel comfortable.  The courage to declare what you want without the fear of people being angry with you or losing their support is what it means to operate without shame.  Shame is about the fear of disconnection.

To give birth and allow yourself to  feel fully all the sensations of birth,  both the intensity of the experience and the bliss following it is also what it means to operate without shame.  Birth is not neat and tidy, it is alive and messy and vital.  You cannot numb out just the “bad” parts, you have to be willing to have a Whole Experience.   Part of this is a physical dimension of being seen – having discharges of blood, amniotic fluid, sweat etc. is also all part of being vulnerable and exposed (and alive)…

I love this quote by R.N., Susan Diamond:

“Most Western women have never been physically tested until we go through labour and birth,,,, have not gone eighteen or twenty-four hours without food or sleep…allowed ourselves to go a day or two without a bath or shower, without brushing our teeth and doing our hair and makeup.  Even fewer of us would allow anyone else to see, smell, or touch us, unwashed, sweat-soaked, naked, oozing mucus, blood and feces from our nether regions.  When faced with the forces of labour, we can’t hide the fear, the anxiety the responses to pain… all the inhibitions and trappings of our social selves are peeled away as our bodies thrust and heave, vomit and grunt, cry and leak.  The animal is there for everyone to see.”

isnt’ that brilliant! who would want to pass that up? HA!

be alive.

for more on this topic check out this insightful Ted Talk by Brene Brown on Shame and Vulnerability.

We will be discussing the work of Brene Brown and her findings about shame and connection on The Whole Woman this Thursday, September 1st/11