What Happens in a Vaginal Birth

In a vaginal birth, you’ll either go into labour spontaneously or you’ll be induced. The two experiences are quite different. Let’s start with spontaneous labour and some natural induction techniques that may help get you there.

Natural induction techniques

Always check with your care provider before trying any natural induction techniques to make sure they are safe for your particular circumstances. Also know that babies come when they are ready. These techniques may help encourage labour if you are already close to it happening spontaneously, but if your baby is snug in there, they probably won’t have much effect. 

Sex (or, more appealingly, orgasm)
Sex might be the last thing you feel like but it can be an effective technique to induce labour naturally. Semen contains prostaglandins which can help the cervix soften, while orgasms release oxytocin which help stimulate contractions. Masturbation can also be successful. Don’t have sex if
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What else will you find in the article?

  • Nipple stimulation for natural induction
  • Acupressure, acupuncture and massage for natural induction
  • Clary sage for natural induction
  • Letting your oxytocin flow 
  • How will I know I’m in labour?
  • When should I leave for the hospital or birth centre?

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