Natural Remedies for Labour, Birth & Postpartum

By Jessica Carfagnini, ND of Thunder Bay Naturopathic Clinic

Botanical tincture
This is a botanical tincture that can be taken 6 weeks prior to delivery. Mother’s cordial
Caulophyllum, Mitchella repens, Chamaelerium luteum, Vibernum opulus (equal parts of individual botanical tincture, can be compounded – see Resources below). Dosage: 1 tsp 3 times/day, take in warm water. Continue until onset of delivery/labour. This tincture helps prepare the uterus for delivery, and also increases the effectiveness of contractions.

If you are past 36 weeks (i.e., 9 months), taking evening primrose oil 500 mg capsules up to 2-4 times a day with food can help initiate labour by increasing prostaglandins in your body.

Walking and light exercise can also encourage the baby to orient her/himself in mom’s pelvis.

Homeopathic remedies

For mom

Caullophyllum 200 CH – dissolve 2 pellets under your tongue every ½ hour at onset of contractions for 2 hours. After two hours, then only use if the cervix is not dilating, as needed.

Arnica 200 CH – dissolve 2 pellets under your tongue every ½ hour for labour pains.

Pulsatilla 200 CH – dissolve 2 pellets under your tongue every ½ hour to turn the baby or if mom is crying, praying, or feeling clingy during labour.

Kali-carb 200 CH – dissolve 2 pellets under your tongue every ½ hour for low back pain during labour.

Arnica 10 MK – dissolve 2 pellets under your tongue every ½ hour for pain during active labour, after the cervix is almost fully dilated. Also useful for after birth – dissolve 2 pellets under your tongue every 2-3 hours.

For baby

Arnica 200 CH – dissolve 2 pellets on baby’s tongue right after birth. This will help with the trauma of the birthing process.

Botanicals

Prenatal tea
Red raspberry, alfalfa, nettle (dried herb, equal parts), seep 1 tsp in a cup of hot water. Drink with juice or another sugar source for electrolytes and nutrients.

For perineal healing

Cold compresses – for a bruised perineum in the first 12 hours after birth. You can also soak wash clothes in the perineal healing bath (see below), store them in a plastic container in the fridge, and sit on these cool wash clothes over sanitary napkins.

Traumeel or Arnica cream – to be applied around wounds to improve healing of a bruised perineum.

Perineal healing bath:
Calendula officinalis, Hypericum perforatum, Symphytum officinalis (dried herbs, equal parts of each)
2 tbsp of each, add to 3 cups of water. Bring to boil and cover herbs. Let herbs seep for 15 min. Strain the herbs. After it has cooled, transfer the healing bath solution to a squeezy bottle or plant sprayer. Squeeze on perineum after using the washroom. Only use during the first week after labour.

Hypericum oil – to be diluted in olive or almond oil, apply over stitches if necessary.

Resources

Riverdale Homeopathic Resources
1331 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, (416) 778-0085
A very comprehensive homeopathic dispensary. They will mail you up to 5 homeopathic remedies (each multi-dose remedy costs $6.95 + tax and shipping):

Thuna Herbals
298 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, (416) 461-8191
A very comprehensive herbal dispensary

Ambrosia Natural Food
55 Doncaster Avenue, Thornhill, (905) 881-7811
They carry a wide range of herbs and supplements.

Body Mind Science Resources
1255 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto, (416) 502-2665
They carry a selection of homeopathic remedies.

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10 responses to “Natural Remedies for Labour, Birth & Postpartum”

  1. Tara Bane

    Great article. Well written and researched. Thanks!

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