So, I'm looking through websites for natural methods to induce labor, and came across this article that some of my fellow "natural mamas" might enjoy mocking.... http://www.webmd.com/baby/inducing-labor-naturally-can-it-be-done
Among other gems was this little paragraph:
"Acupuncture might help bring on labor, but it's too soon to say. In parts of Asia, it has been used for centuries to jump-start labor."
Um...so it's been used for centuries, but it's still too soon to say? When will it be not too soon to say, a couple of millennia down the road?!
Or how about this one-- "The only safe and reliable methods for starting labor involve medications given at the hospital." Hm, so much for homebirthers, I guess our labor will just never start. :D
I like to think of one of my birth books (I forget which one) in which the author wisely pointed out that if there's not a lot of money to be made on something (e.g. castor oil), there's probably not going to be a lot of funding available for research on that topic either! Which leads to statements like "There are no proven non-medical ways for inducing labor naturally."