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Taking medications at the hospital is the only reliable and safe way to induce labor, as of 2015, according to WebMD. Some people speculate about techniques, but these methods do not have any scientific basis, and they c... More »

While there are many suggestions for inducing labor naturally, including eating spicy food and drinking castor oil, most experts agree that the only safe method of labor induction is with medications in a hospital settin... More »

Natural ways to induce labor at home include taking long walks, eating spicy foods, engaging in sexual intercourse, and drinking small amounts of castor oil, explains WebMD. Pregnant women can also take the herb evening ... More »

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Natural ways to induce labor include sexual intercourse, nipple stimulation, acupressure, acupuncture and eating spicy foods. Only women with full-term pregnancies under the guidance of a medical provider should try meth... More »

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Mucus plug discharge, or passing the mucus plug, is an early indication of beginning labor, according to WebMD. The mucus plug collects at the opening of the cervix during pregnancy. As the cervix opens and prepares for ... More »

There is currently no reliable scientific information that supports black cohosh use for labor induction, according to WebMD. Of all nonpharmacologic methods used to ripen the cervix and induce labor, only mechanical and... More »