I didn't do anything like that with #1
, just EPO and RRL infusions. He was born 10 days past his due date, but the labor was relatively quick and easy for a first baby.
The second time, I tried the Gentle Birth Formula from Mountain Meadow Herbs
(without RRL). In less than a week, I was having high blood pressure problems (mine is usually low), so my midwife encouraged me to stop taking it. As soon as I did, my blood pressure went back to normal.
There are warnings on the bottle both about not taking if you have high or low blood pressure (my bad!) and about it being known to cause issues with postpartum hemorrhage. It has 10 ingredients, which is a lot compared to other labor prep tinctures (no black cohosh, though), and we believe it was the blue cohosh that caused the blood pressure issues for me. You can order it without blue cohosh if desired.
This time, my midwife encouraged me to try Nature's Sunshine 5-W
formula (these are pills instead of a tincture). It has just 5 ingredients (including black cohosh). I've been taking it for about a week now with no negative side effects.
It's up to you to decide what you feel comfortable with. I have medical issues this time that I was not aware of the past two times that are making me more willing to encourage my body and baby to get things going earlier. Otherwise, I would just be drinking my RRL infusions, taking EPO, and sitting tight.