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Homeopathy for Natural Childbirth: A Simple Guide for Moms and Birth Professionals

Enjoy this informative guest post on Homeopathy for Natural Childbirth by Sonya McLeod from Little Mountain Homeopathy in Vancouver. I LOVE homeopathy and have been using it for years. It’s such a gentle, safe and natural approach, especially useful during pregnancy, childbirth and for babies and children!

What is Classical Homeopathy?

Classical homeopathy has been in use for over 200 years, originating in Germany. It involves the use of only one homeopathic medicine at a time to treat a variety of common health complaints, including difficulties experienced during childbirth. Homeopathic medicines are usually made from source material in our natural world such as a mineral, plant or animal. After a long, complex series of dilutions and shakings (succussions) of the source material, the homeopathic laboratories prepare the medicine in such a way that it rendered completely safe and non-toxic. Homeopathic medicines are designed to stimulate the body to heal itself.

Homeopathy means “similar medicine.” Remedy selection is based on the homeopathic principle that “like cures like” – that is, a substance that would cause symptoms in a healthy person is used to cure those same symptoms in illness. For example, one homeopathic remedy which might be used in a person suffering from insomnia is coffea, a remedy made from coffee.

Always Completely Safe and Non-Toxic

All of the homeopathic remedies mentioned in this article are completely safe for women to take during childbirth. Homeopathic remedies will also never harm the unborn baby. They are always gentle, non-toxic and have no side effects.

Where Do I Buy Homeopathic Remedies?

Homeopathic remedies can be purchased at Finlandia Pharmacy and many health food stores. Homeopathic Childbirth Kits can be purchased from Little Mountain Homeopathy in Vancouver.

Remedy Potency/Strength

There is a number followed by a “C” beside the remedy name denoting the potency, or strength, of the homeopathic remedy. The higher the number beside the remedy, the higher the strength. Strength usually matches with how acute the situation is, as well as with the energy of the patient.

Using Homeopathic Remedies for Childbirth

Turning a Breech Baby

Pulsatilla 30C: The most commonly indicated remedy for turning a breech baby. Give Pulsatilla 30C, 2-3 times per day, for a few days until the baby turns.

Viscum Album 30C: Try this remedy if Pulsatilla fails to turn the baby (given 2-3 times per day).

Natrum Muriaticum 30C: This remedy is indicated if the baby is in a breech position due to too little amniotic fluid. The patient may be an emotionally closed woman, with chapped lips and dry mucus membranes.

Overdue Labour

Homeopathy is a safe, natural alternative to Pitocin/Oxytocin. If the baby is overdue, induce labour naturally by alternating the remedies Caulophyllum 12C and Cimicifuga 12C, given once every hour. For example, hour 1: Caulophyllum, hour 2: Cimicifuga, hour 3: Caulophyllum, etc. Continue this protocol until labour commences.

History of Overdue Labour

For those women who have a history of difficult or overdue labours, starting at week 38, give Caulophyllum 12C and Cimicifuga 12C daily, on alternate days. For example, Day 1: Caulophyllum, Day 2: Cimicifuga, etc. Continue with this protocol for a maximum of 14 days.

Premature Labour

Caulophyllum: The most frequently indicated remedy for premature labour. Useful for premature labour due to weakness of the cervix, in women who are weak and nervous.

Magnesium Phosphoricum: Another common remedy for premature labour, also accompanied by severe leg cramps due to magnesium deficiency.

Sepia: For premature labour, in irritable, angry, chilly women. Most useful for women who have had many babies and/or have had their children close together.

Pulsatilla: A good remedy for premature women who are very weepy, restless, and intolerant of warm rooms. She needs a lot of emotional support and has a lot of fear and concern for the baby.

Dosage and Potency for Premature Labour: Use a 200C potency if emotion/energy is running high and the situation is very acute; use a 30C potency if she is weak and lethargic. Give the indicated remedy every 15-30 minutes for three doses, then spaced further apart as condition improves.

Normal Labours

If the labour is progressing normally, with no complications, give Arnica 200C at the beginning of and throughout the labour (e.g. every hour) to avoid any possible postpartum complications. This will prevent afterpains, prevent hemorrhage, and lessen the need for pain medication.

Extreme Labour Pains

Chamomilla 200C: This is the stereotypical woman that you see in movies. She is very angry and could lash out at the people around her, including her partner. She is extremely sensitive to the pain and is extremely irritable.

Sepia 200C: Violent bearing-down pains as if everything would come out. A woman needing this remedy feels indifferent to the baby and/or never wanted the pregnancy. She is irritable, sad, and easily offended.

Aconitum Napellus 200C or 1M (1000C): Extreme fear of labour. She fears that she will not make it through the labour and delivery. She is convinced that she will die in labour. This is a major remedy for a very fast labour where contractions come on very suddenly (with extreme fear).

Nux Vomica 200C: The main remedy from fainting during labour due to severe pain. The pains cause a frequent urge to urinate and defecate. She is irritable, critical, and sensitive to odors, light and noise. Often indicated for women who have led a sedentary or indulgent lifestyle (with past use of stimulants and/or alcohol).

Ineffectual, Non-Progressive, Irregular or Weak Labour

Caulophyllum 200C: This is the most common remedy needed for labours that will not progress, when the cervix will not dilate. A useful remedy to give at the beginning of labour to produce good contractions. Once labour is well established, switch to Cimicifuga 200C to complete dilation.

Gelsemium 200C: When labour has been in progress for many hours but there is absolutely no progress with dilation. She is extremely weak and drowsy. She does not really want to participate in the labour. This remedy can be given prophylactically to women who have a history of painful, ineffectual labours.

Kali Carbonicum 200C: The main remedy for “back labour,” very severe labour pains in the back, and the labour does not progress. She is very chilly and most often women needing this remedy are overweight and sluggish.

Pulsatilla 200C: One of the main remedies for irregular labour pains, labour pains that come and go. She has the feeling that she may suffocate if she does not get cool air.

Dosage During Labour: Due to the intense nature of labour, the indicated remedy can be given every 15-30 minutes, then less often once labour starts progressing normally.

For Nervous Fathers and Grandparents During Labour

Aconitum Napellus 200C: Very intense anxiety that comes on suddenly, with panic and fear. One dose may be all that is needed.

Gelsemium 30C or 200C: Very nervous and weak, with anxious anticipation. Their hands may tremble and shake. Give 2-3 doses spaced throughout the labour.

Rescue Remedy: A popular homeopathic combination remedy, very good for traumatic situations and for those who are nursing the sick. It is what is known as a “Bach Flower Remedy.” Can be used instead of or along with Aconitum or Gelsemium. Put a few drops into a glass of water and sip periodically throughout the labour.

After Labour

After a normal labour with few complications, take a dose of Arnica 200C immediately after birth to prevent postpartum hemorrhage. Give a dose of Arnica 200C to the baby if there is any bruising or swelling.

Postpartum Hemorrhage

Sabina 200C: Profuse bright red blood with dark clots. Often indicated in women who have a tendency to flood with their menses.

Erigeron 200C: Profuse, bright red blood that comes in gushes. Gushes come in fits and starts.

Ipecacuanha 200C: Severe persistent nausea accompanied by red, profuse bleeding. Faintness, nausea, and gasping for breath.

Hamamelis 30C or 200C: The flow is usually dark, steady, slow and passive. There is a hammering headache, but no uterine pains and she is not anxious.

Precautions

*Never use the remedies Caulophyllum or Cimicifuga during early pregnancy, as these remedies can bring on contractions.

For best results, use these remedies in consultation with your classical homeopath.

About Sonya McLeod, BA, DCH, RCSHom

Sonya is a registered classical homeopath, who earned a 4 year diploma from the Vancouver Homeopathic Academy in 2009. She gave birth naturally at home to 2 children, now aged 7 and 9 years old. Sonya is the owner and founder of her own private practice, Little Mountain Homeopathy, in the city of Vancouver. Sonya also writes health articles for various publications, and is working on writing a book about local homeopathic remedy provings written for professional homeopaths.

   

41 Comments

  1. This is fantastic!! Thank you so much for all this wonderful information, I will most certainly be referring back to it over and over! Can’t wait to buy my first homeopathy for birth kit!

  2. Great article, very useful. I have a question for Sonya – I have most of these remedies at home already but the number after the remedy says D6. Is that a European equivalent to C..?

  3. Sonya McLeod says:

    Hello Caroline. D6=6X=3C. I really do recommend that you use the 30C or preferably the 200C potency during childbirth because it’s an intense “acute” event and the higher potencies are more suitable for that type of situation.

    1. Thank you Sonya, good to know!
      Crystal – Prenatal Coach recently posted: Pregnancy Photo Series – Week 32

    2. Mangerbang says:

      That’s the great thing about Homeopathy it helps your body heal itself so there are basically no side effects.If you take something that you aren’t prescribed for or that you don’t need, your body’s immune system will still get the benefits, but there would be no ill effects.Simply put, it gives a very, very small dose of an irritant. That small amount stimulates your immune system to attack it, but with the small amount, your immune system completely overwhelms that little bit and all the extra impact from it goes to help the rest of your body. In that aspect, they work similar to the idea of vaccinations (but MUCH safer because there’s less irritant and no harsh preservatives), so even if you take the wrong ingredient , you’ll get that added benefit, but it just wouldn’t help for the condition you’re trying to help at the time.Good luck!

  4. Thank you Sonya for your reply – quite a difference in potency there!

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  6. Sara says:

    Gr8 article! i have 2 questions for Sonya. (1) what does “1 dose’ of arnica 200 mean? if i start taking it in start of labour n thn 1hrly,how much drops do i take exactly in one dose and in how much water?
    (2) im 38 weeks pregnant now.can i start taking caulophyllum 200 now to bring about a smooth labour? im already taking caulophyllum 30,3 drops a day since 35 weeks.

    1. Sonya McLeod says:

      Thanks for your comment Sara, I’m glad you liked the article.
      1 dose of Arnica depends on whether you have a liquid or pellet (dry) remedy. Most homeopathics here are the Boiron brand, sold in little vials and come in sugar pellet form. One dose =5 pellets or 3 drops if you have a liquid remedy. Best to take the remedy in a clean mouth, away from food or drink, directly in your mouth.
      Yes, you can start taking the 200C Caulophyllum now. It can bring on contractions, so there is a chance that delivery could happen early for you. You could also alternate Caulophyllum with Cimicifuga (on alternate days), that can work better to bring on contractions than just using Caulophyllum alone.

      1. Sara says:

        thank u sonya :)

        1. Sara says:

          P.s: what’s the dosage of cimicifuga if i take it on alternate days? n whats the dose if i take it for smooth progress of labour? my due date is near n i want a normal labour n delivery.

          1. Sonya McLeod says:

            You’re most welcome :)
            You can try taking Cimicifuga 200C and Caulophyllum 200C, on alternate days before labour begins (e.g. Cimicifuga 200C day 1, Caulphyllum 200C day 2, etc). 1 dose = 5 pellets or 3 drops if using a liquid remedy. Once labour begins and it is progressing smoothly, no need to take anything. If labour is not progressing smoothly, Caulophyllum 200C can be alternated with Cimicifuga 200C every 15 minutes to half hour for as much as two hours, while under the care of your midwife.

  7. Amber Martin says:

    Hi, very useful information ! I am scheduled for a pitocin induction on Sunday being 41+2 weeks, this week I tried your recommendations for gettin labor started and nothing happened. Do you have any suggestions ? Should I try again ? I have the pulsatilla 30c and calu 12c and cimi 12c !

    1. Hi Amber, thanks for reading! You will only go into your birthing time if your body and baby are ready! If they are both ready natural induction methods could work to bring on birthing waves but if they don’t work then a medical induction is unlikely to be successful either (successful meaning it starts with a medical induction and ends with a vaginal birth.) Are you a 1st time Mom? It’s good to know that on average 1st time moms go into their birthing time naturally at 41 weeks and 1 day, 8 days past their “guess date”. That’s the average, so babies can come before and after that. I’ve had students go past 42 weeks. If you can give your body a few more days beyond that you will very likely have your baby when he/she is ready. Here is some additional information about “due dates”:

      When Is That Baby Due?

      The Lie of the EDD

      Routine Induction at 41 Weeks – Not according to ACOG

      As with all decisions regarding your baby and your body, you have the right to say NO to induction if YOU want to (some women don’t know until after they have their baby that they had a choice so I like to point it out so it can be an informed decision.)

      I’m a big fan of letting your body go into it’s birthing time on it’s own, without any intervention (natural or otherwise) however if you’re looking for natural induction methods here’s a list:

      http://www.lifepassages.net/NaturalInduction.html

      and a successful hypnosis track you can purchase too:

      https://www.hypnobabies.com/store/product/60-come-out-baby-mp3

    2. Amber, this message is from Sonya, her message isn’t coming through for some reason:

      “Amber, the 12C potency may be too weak for you. Try taking Caulophyllum 200C and Cimicifuga 200C, alternating once every hour.”

  8. Sara says:

    thanx a lot :)

  9. Amber Martin says:

    Oh thank you ! This is my fourth baby, an the baby was due the 12th of January . The 200 c potency is not avalible in my area what is avalible is the blue and black cohosh in a pill for or vitamin form! Will that work ? Trying to avoid pitocin it’s seems forced !

    1. I would definitely consult with a naturopath, traditional chinese medicine practitioner or herbalist before taking blue and black cohosh in a non-homeopathy form as herbs are powerful medicine! Unfortunately I’m not qualified to give you any herbal recommendations. All the best with your birth, sending birthing waves your way for a natural start!

  10. Sonya McLeod says:

    I agree with Crystal on this one. Also consider that herbs can be toxic whereas the same herb in homeopathic form is always non-toxic. Do you have any other physical or emotional symptoms, just trying to figure out whether you may be in need of another remedy besides Cimi or Caul.

  11. Joanne Davis says:

    This is a very informative post. I learned a lot. Thank you so much for this.

  12. hello sonya, i have the birth kit, all the remedies come in 200c, so if i take a dose, how many pellets do i need, to consider it a “dose”??

    1. Hi Yesenia, read the little bottle but a dose is usually 5 pellets. Waiting for your body to go into labour naturally without any induction: natural or medical is another option to increase your chances of a natural birth. Just a friendly reminder.

    2. Sonya McLeod says:

      Hello Ysenia – 2-3 pellets per dose is more than enough, hope the birth goes smoothly :)

      1. Thanks Sonya! I only ever take 2-3 pellets too! It’s my understanding 1 pellet or 5 pellets is the same dose anyway?

        1. Sonya McLeod says:

          That’s right Crystal, think quality not quantity with homeopathy. Unfortunately some of the homeopathic companies recommend higher quantities per dose for financial reasons.

  13. if i want to induce labor naturally to avoid another csection! i had my dirst daughter vaginally and my second one via csection due to breech position:/

  14. Thanks:)
    so if I take a dose, that’s 2-3 pellets of 200c?

  15. I am 38 weeks, and my DR. said if I don’t go into labor by the end of next week, he will schedule me for a csection (2nd bby csection), how can I induce it w/ homeopathy?

    1. Sonya McLeod says:

      Hello again, Yesenia. What homeopathic protocol are you using currently for induction? I know you mentioned before that you have a homeopathic kit.

  16. Hello sonya, well i have the Child Birth Kit, they all come in 200c potencies. I am currently taking caulophyllum 200c day one, cimifuga day2, caulophyllum day 3, and so on. I am experiencing abdominal cramping, followed by diarrhea. :/

  17. Sonya McLeod says:

    The childbirth kit is useful, but when it comes to chronic health issues or anything complicated, you need to be monitored by a classical homeopath vs. self administering. You do need an experienced trained professional to guide you through this process, a classical homeopath who knows your history and health issues thoroughly. That would be safest and most effective for you.
    So, without knowing your history, I will try my very best to help you. Can you describe any other symptoms that you are experiencing (mental/emotional state, any other physical symptoms, etc). I think your body is not responding so well to the Cimi/Caul 200C alternating days, unless diarrhea and abdominal cramping are normal for you.

  18. actually i started cramping and loose stools after staring the protocol, i started like a week ago! other symptoms i have are low back ache, but mild, emotional state, i wouls say is ok, im just really .
    exhausted and im feeling hot (sweaty) ocassionally. I am 1cm dilated so far.
    i dont have any health issues. im 5’4, Weight is 134,first bby vaginal, second scection(breech), and im trying to avoid another csec

  19. one more thing, from my other girls, i never experienced loose stools with cramping.

  20. im also having alot of braxton hicks contractions, that come and go, my stomach gets really really hard leaving me breathless and then it goes away

    1. Hello Yesenia & Sonya, I’m going out of town for 3 days tomorrow and can’t figure out how to approve comments on my blog without my approval right now. Your conversation will stop if I’m not around to approve the comments. Yesenia can you look up Sonya at Little Mountain Homeopathy and perhaps she offers phone or email consultations? Thanks so much! Sorry!

      All the best with your birth. I wish care providers encouraged women to let their bodies go into their birthing time naturally. Good questions to ask are “Is mom okay” and “Is baby okay” because if the answer is yes then there is usually no reason to induce, especially at 39 weeks. Unfortunately if baby and body aren’t ready even natural induction methods won’t work :-( They only work if your baby and your body is ready.

  21. kristin says:

    Hello… I’m 36 wks 2 days, I purchased caulophyllum 200ch from a homeopathis website… I’m 26 a third time mom, both my children were born at 37 weeks on the day, the first my water broke, and the second went into labor naturally… This time I live in a different area and the doctor has told me if I make it to 38 weeks he is going to induce me! After my water broke with my first, I got a pitocin drip to speed things along, which was a horrible birthing experience for me! Had two shots of morphine and an epidural. My second I birthed 100 percent naturally and it was an amazing birthing experience :) hoping to do this again without the pitocin! Wondering what dose of caulophyllum 200CH I would take to make an attempt after I reach my 37 week mark to get the ball rolling without a hospital induction? I am 2-3 cm dilated, 80 percent effaced, and have had a few false labors already but a healthy pregnancy… Thank you :)

    1. Hello Kristin, wow I can’t believe your doctor wants to induce you at 38 weeks! Please know that you always have the option of saying NO and waiting until you go into your birthing time on your own. It is completely normal and natural to birth your baby anytime between 37-42+ weeks. If you are feeling like this is a red flag for you and that your doctor is not going to support you in the birth that you want to have I would strongly recommend looking for someone else! I’ve had students find new doctors or midwives this late in their pregnancy before.

      I’ll let Sonya answer your homeopathy question if she gets the chance! The thing is that your body and baby have to be ready for birth. If they are ready then the homeopathy can help, if your body and baby aren’t ready then nothing will help! It sounds like your body is gearing up all on it’s own! All the best and hope you have a positive and empowering experience.

  22. Dr.A.S.Vasu says:

    I am practising as Obstretitian in Rural India.Now this article will help me for Normal Delivery.Is there any medicine for preterm rupure of amniotic membrane.Thanks

    1. Sonya McLeod says:

      Hello Doctor – for more complicated prescribing, best to work with a qualified classical homeopath during your patients’ labor.

  23. Jenny Keaney says:

    Hi!

    This information is so helpful! I am 41 weeks and 3 days. My doctor wants to talk about inducing at 42 weeks, at the latest.

    I’d like to try the homeopathic methods first! I have Caulophyllum thalictroides 30c and Cimicifuga Racemosa 30c (Boiron brand). Looking at your instructions to induce labor, it says 200c of each alternating each hour.

    The bottle says a dosage is 5 pellets. My question: Does 5 pellets = 30c or does each pellet = 30c? How do I calculate the dosage f 200c?

    Thank you so much for your help!!

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