Natural Remedies for Labour and Postpartum

Stacelynn Caughlan Cl.N, CH

Before the Birth

PREPARATION FOR CHILDBIRTH  
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) prepares uterus
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictriodes)* prepares uterus (reserve for special circumstances only)
Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) Read article prepares uterus
Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens) prepares uterus
Evening Primrose/Borage Oil prepares cervix
HYPOTENSIVES (reduces blood pressure)
Skullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia)  
Valerian (Valeriana off.)
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
Hops (Humulus lupus) – do not use in depression
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
Lemon Balm (Melissa off.)
Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus)
Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium)

DURING LABOUR

Calcium/Magnesium improves contractibility, decreases risk of hypertension
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) aids contractions, reduces hypertension
Skullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia) relaxant
Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium) relaxes muscular tension
Crampbark (Viburnum opulus) relaxes muscular tension, may prevent blood loss
Lobelia (Lobelia inflata)* systemic relaxant, allows mom to rest
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforlatum) helps relieve some discomfort
Ginger (Zingiber off.)* aids nausea, provides some stamina
Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) uterine tonic, nutritious
Vervain (Verbena off.) relaxes nerves, may reduce pain
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)* direct effect on contractions
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) direct effect on contractions
Homeopathics i.e. Pulsatilla, Traumeel, Calms Forte for discomfort, progression, etc.
Rescue Remedy for shock, exhaustion, fear, etc.
Essential Oils (Jasmine, Rose, Lavender, Clary Sage, Neroli) soothing, invigorating, etc.
Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens) supports uterus

After the Birth

RETAINED PLACENTA
Angelica (Angelica archangelica)* emmenagogue
Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus)
HAEMORRHAGE
Prevention
Raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus)
‘Green Foods’ i.e. alfalfa, nettle very high in natural vitamin K
Acute*
Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) astringent
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) astringent
Cayenne
SHOCK/TRAUMA
Rescue Remedy
Homeopathics i.e. Traumeel, Calms Forte
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
Lobelia (Lobelia inflata)
Valerian (Valeriana off.)
Nervine Herbs i.e. Passionflower, Vervain, Chamomile, Lemon balm
AFTER-PAINS
Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium)
Crampbark (Viburnum opulus)
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
Skullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia)
Vervain (Verbena off.)
PERINEAL TEARS or CESAREAN INCISIONS
See Postpartum Healing  

Lactation – Post partum

GALACTAGOGUES (improves milk flow and quality)
Goat’s Rue (Galega off.)  
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Blue Vervain (Verbena off.)
Blessed Thistle (Carbenia benedicta)
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)
Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Hops (Humulus lupulus)
Marshmallow (Althea off.)
ANTI-GALACTAGOGUE (slows milk production)
Garden Sage (Salvia off.)  
ENGORGEMENT
Evening Primrose/borage oil
Cabbage Leaves
MASTITIS
Echinacea, yarrow, elderflower, etc internally
Garlic
Vit C
Zinc
Calendula, yarrow, marshmallow, elderflower, externally
POST PARTUM ( treated much like PMS)
St. John’s wort
Essential Fatty Acids
Wild Yam, Motherwort, Black Cohosh, Damiana, Vitex, etc.
B complex

Stacelynn Caughlan is a Clinical Nutritionist and Certified Herbalist who specializes in Prenatal and Pediatric Health.