A delicious smelling blend of aromatherapy oils suitable for use during labour (do not use in pregnancy as it can stimulate contraction of the uterus).
100 ml of base oils (such as macadamia and camelia tea oil)
50 drops (total) of essential oils of:
clary sage (15 drops)
lavender (20 drops)
rose (8 drops)
jasmine (7 drops)
(useful as a guide, for more information speak to a homeopath)
Arnica: The remedy for any bruising, trauma or fatigue. It can be useful to help minimize cervical swelling.
Caulophyllum: Consider this remedy if induction or augmentation is being discussed. It can help the body to naturally regulate contractions (if they are irregular or not strong enough). Can help the cervix to dilate.
Pulsatilla: If labour is slow and the woman needs constant comforting and sympathy. It may help turn the baby into the best position for birthing.
Keeping ‘emergency essence’ or ‘rescue remedy’ on hand for the labouring mother and birth support people as it can help soothe tensions or anxiety.
One of the simplest ways to help a mother relax is right at your fingertips. It is one of the oldest known remedies for helping to relax mind and body. Massage can help release natural oxytocin (the love hormone responsible for helping the uterus contract). It sends ‘feel good’ messages and helps lessen pain.
Practice massage during pregnancy to learn what the mother likes. Take one of my ‘birth support’ classes where I will teach useful birth massage techniques (such as the hip squeeze).
Kirrah Holborn is a Doula, Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator and Pregnancy/Birth Masseuse. She has a degree in clinical science (majoring in complementary medicine). For more information about the above remedies or to learn more useful tips for helping you through labour; contact Kirrah or click on prenatal classes
This article has been compiled for educational and information purposes only. It is not intended to replace advice from your doctor, midwife or health care practitioner.