Back on the farm when Ma was delivering babies while milking the cow and shucking the corn (we've always been multi-taskers), she certainly wasn't reading up on what the type of birth the (then-nonexistent) Internet was telling her she should have. Instead, she relied on what worked for others for thousands upon thousands of years before her: trusting the innate wisdom of her body and following its lead. Although I don't know if you have a cow handy, much less whether you milk it, I do know there was a lot of wisdom to Ma's natural approach. When the time comes, you can trust your body, too.
What happens, though, when your body just isn't ready to have your baby, and (shuck that corn!), it's time, already? When labor just isn't coming despite the calendar saying it's time, your body is giving all the signs that baby is ready, and your doctor is getting "uncomfortable" waiting any longer (oh, the irony), there are natural ways to induce labor if you'd prefer to avoid being medically induced.
Here are a few of the popular, time-tested and natural ways that "Ma's" around the world have tried to induce labor. I tried these methods, too, when I was closing in on eight (8!) days past my due date. These might help your body andyour baby agree that YES, it's time to deliver!
After those didn't work for me (but have for many mommies!), I tried more desperate measures:
STILL a no-go for me. What the what? Although those things may have helped to some degree because I did manage to have contractions for two fun-filled weeks, here's what ultimately did work:
Finally, my healthy and happy baby came, and so commenced my journey into gentle parenting. Needless to say, always consult your healthcare provider for medical guidance (I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on T.V.). When the time is right, however, know that your baby will, indeed, come out. Let your baby “cook” as long as you safely can, and then your body will know just what to do. It was made for this!