-Cumin Tea- 1 cumin seed in 1 cup of boiling water, left to steep for 5 minutes. 1 CUP PER HOUR PER DAY. Place a cube of raw potato in the cup to soak up bitterness and add honey or sugar to sweeten. This is used by midwives in Latino communities for women who are at risk for medical induction or for those who are determined to be at a higher risk if they carry past a certain date such as women with gestational diabetes but is effective for many, many women.
Nipple Stimulation- Breast Pump or hand nipple stimulatio for 2 minutes, rest for 3, NS for 2 more minutes and then take a 20 minute break and walk or have sex. If it doesn't bring on contractions you can up it to 3 minutes pumping, 2 minutes rest between, and then 3 more minutes NS but then take another 20 minute break to walk or have sex. Nipple stimulation releases Oxytocin (the hormone Pitocin trys to mimic) which causes contractions of the uterus.
at 11:53 PM on Jun. 6, 2009