I wouldn't recommend herbs, but I would recommend not laboring in bed at all. I would recommend hot bath or shower, taking classes to prepare yourself, walking, hiring a doula to advocate for you (SO usually doesn't do a good job). I had 2 intervention free, natural child births in the hospital (first with midwife and second with an OB due to insurance change) and it was wonderful. yes I had to be monitored initially when I got there for 15 minutes but I was allowed to rock in a chair, squat etc as I saw fit and then I hopped in the shower and the nurse came in with a doppler every 15 minutes to check heart rate. I did get the monitor back on while pushing, but I was allowed to push however I wanted (doc fought me a little, but I just did it anyway) I chose squatting for both. I did not have to have an IV until after wards and only because I hemorrhaged with the first one pretty bad.
at 6:06 PM on Jan. 26, 2010