Induction massage – Essential oils and acupressure massage can help bring on labour. This is appropriate if you are post 40 weeks or are booked in to have a hospital induction pre-term and would like to try to avoid too much medical intervention (see Disclaimer below*).
Some of the oils that can help are: Rose, a uterine tonic (e.g. strengthens and deepen contractions) and has an analgesic effect and Clary sage, a uterine relaxant with anaesthetic and antispasmodic properties. A bespoke blend will be made for you after an initial consultation followed by a massage which includes stimulation of specific acupressure points to encourage the cervix to dilate.
Disclaimer: * this is not recommended pre 40 weeks for any other reason but is regarded as safe post 38 weeks to encourage the cervix to dilate. The physiological conditions that lie behind labour commencing are complex and whilst aromatherapy and acupressure can be helpful in stimulating contractions they do not guarantee that labour will progress efficiently.