How can I Induce Labor?

QUESTION

Dear Doula,
My due date was today but so far I have not experience any labor. How long should I wait and how can I induce labor? Is every thing normal? I can feel the movement of baby.

Regards,
Preeti

ANSWER

Hi Preeti,
Congratulations on being so close to giving birth! Anywhere from 37 weeks to 42 weeks is normal for a pregnancy to last, so your baby is still growing and thriving in there. It may be a few more days or longer until your labor starts and that is perfectly normal. If you feel you would like to help things along a bit, below are some sites that you can do some more research on and decide what is best for you.

Please remember, however, that babies come when they are "cooked," and nature has a plan for your baby's birth that is best respected. When we try to get baby out before it is ready, or before our bodies are ready to go into labor, we can run into some trouble. Your body, your mind and your baby need to be ready all at the same time.

Happy birth-day,
-- Kerry, HCHI, CHt

Kerry Tuschhoff

Kerry Tuschhoff, HCHI, CHt, CI has been in the birthing field since 1989. She taught the Bradley method of natural childbirth from 1989 to 1999 and then created the Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis course. She has attended over 250 births as a Doula and Hypno-Doula, and feels it is an honor to be asked to share such a wonderfully spiritual experience with her childbirth students.

She is also a certified hypnotherapist, trains Hypnobabies Instructors, author of Hypnobabies: Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis, a conference speaker and is Founder/Director of Hypnobabies LLC in Southern California. Kerry feels that women can enjoy their own way to give birth with excellent education, support and loving encouragement. She looks forward to helping you all have the best possible birth experience you can. Please take a moment to visit Kerry's Website.