Remedies are used to lift fear, create productive, rhythmical contractions and reassure women and babies that they are safe and all is well.
Occasionally women need assistance at different points in their labour to move the momentum forward. This may be for a variety of reasons such as:
- Gelsemium 200c – performance anxiety – labour is going along well and the midwives arrive then everything stops or they arrive at the hospital and things peter out.
- Pulsatilla 200C or Phosphorus 1M– rupture of membranes with no contractions – often women are on a time schedule, according to the community standards of the hospital – most health facilities want to see active labour within 18-24 hours of ruptured membranes.
- Arsenicum 200C – stall in dilation at 6 cm – this is a point in labour where things normally really take off. It can feel very out of control and frightening for some people. In response to this, their bodies slow things down.
- Aconite 1M – freezing up at a previous traumatic point in labour – our bodies remember previous birth experiences. If a woman stalled at a certain point in her birth and had to have an intervention, her body often repeats this action in the next birth – even though she may not consciously know she is at that same point.
Gelsemium 200C – feeling exhausted, heavy, as if too tired to continue labour. Gets nervous and sleepy as midwives arrive and set up or they arrive at the hospital. Contractions slow down and labour can cease.
Pulsatilla 200C – weepy and frightened at the thought of going into labour- false labour – contractions stop and start, appear in the front, back, down the legs – key word is changeability. Women needing Pulsatilla will not want to do anything to bring labour on- such as go for a walk – they are frightened and want to hide from the experience.
Phosphorus 1M – Phosphorus women may be overwhelmed by the rupture of membranes. They are alarmed by what is about to happen and fearful that their baby may be at risk. Phosphorus women tend to have big reactions to medications and allopathic induction will affect them strongly.
Arsenicum 200C – Arsenicum women tend to be A type personalities that strongly dislike being out of control. They often stall at either 6cm or in the second stage of labour. They strongly dislike the sensation of pushing.
Once you have picked a remedy that matches, give two pellets of the indicated potency.
Remedies are widely available at most health food stores, from homeopaths and naturopaths.
Once the remedy has been given wait within the 1:10 time frame – for example – if membranes have been ruptured for 1 hour then you will see a change within 6 minutes.
A change means contractions starting, bloody show, position change, new attitude evolving etc. Once you see action just observe, there is no need to repeat the remedy once change is initiated.
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