I feel the need to chime in and support the issue of "trust." It's an essential part of any toolkit. Yes, I have been in a desperate situation with dd1 and have resorted to herbs to avoid a c-section, etc. Now, I know better. Now, I trust birth a little more.
These things certainly have their place...but not as the first response to fear mongering and bullying from medical "experts." I simply won't allow anyone to treat me and my baby that way. And, if I'm in labor and can't stick up for myself, then my dh will certainly not allow it either. Birth partners need to be fully prepared to take on that protective role.
Sadly, many mothers and babies in the United States WOULD be safer birthing in a sod house than in a hospital. This is just cold, hard statistics... Look at our infant mortality rate...despite all of our fancy technology.
Anyway, there are very few truly evidence-based medical indications for induction. Babies come when they are ready and they deserve the chance to let us know when that is. If mama is okay and baby is okay, then everything is okay...no matter what the calendar or clocks say.
Stalled labor usually means that mom and baby need to rest. Really NEED to rest. Many times, baby needs that time to get into the proper position and make labor more effective.
Like I said, I've used herbs and I spend a lot of time studying and learning about them... But, I often see them being used in much the same ways as pitocin and cytotec.
I really think that it's time more of us mamas took the radical stance that birth works...birth is safe...it's interference that's risky.
So, I add trust to the box...and love...lots and lots of love and support for tired, pregnant mamas. Massage, pedicures, manicures, foot baths, mother blessings, hair brushing, warm scented baths, delicious food, henna parties, belly masks, big hugs...