Does anyone else do this?
With my previous births I've taken Scullcap and valerian root during labor and for afterbirth pains I take a tincture called Contractease with crampbark, wildyam, black haw, scullcap, valerian root, hops, chamomile flowers, fennel, and catnip. For this birth I am thinking about just taking the Contractease and the beginning of and throughtout Labor and until the afterbirth pains have subsided. This tincture contains the herbs I have previously taken during labor plus some that would be helpful as well for easing contractions and helping to relax plus the benefit of being saturated with the tincture so I don't have to bear the afterbirth pains until the tincture kicks in (IME, it's takes a little while). I have been researching lots and will be talking to my midwife about this in a week or so. So far I have found many sources recommending the most of the herbs in the tincture for labor, even an article here at mothering.com for crampbark and black haw.
My main concern is not the safety of the herbs (maybe not feeling totally satisfied with wild yam knowledge) but whether taking these herbs during labor would prolong labor, like maybe being too relaxed? My previous labors were 9hrs long each, with stalls of rest here and there, contractions not overwhelming (partly due to implementing labor tricks as needed and constant work at staying on top of contractions). SOOO, could these herbs have the potentiol of slowing things down is my big question. I do remember thinking during labor that it would be nice for this to drag on so much...sorry I know that is pathetic since hard labor was only four hours or so. Any thoughts??? Thanks Ladies!