Published Sep 13, 2003
I am doing some unofficial research for my curiousity about the use of black and blue cohash to get labor started. I am wishing to know from those who have seen it in use if it can be relatively safe or if it is something that is not recommended. Before last week, I had never heard of this herbal to start labor.
I have seen it used to augment labor but not to start labor. usually its given by the dropperfull and held under the tongue for as long as a minuite Ive seen it help pick up the pace of spaced out contractions (usually stalled by time spent in a warm bath) so labor was pretty well underway anyway. all three of the midwives I work with use it, mostly in the birthcenter and sometimes in the hospital. it doesnt work 100% of the time and works just as well as nipple stimulation and it tastes awfull. wow i cant believe im the only one to reply to this post and its been up since september!
NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN
this herbal remedy needs to be used only under medical supervision:
precautions/adverse reactions: hypertension, increased bleeding during menopause, headaches and rare stomach upset.
contraindications: do not use in pregnancy during 1st two trimesters. do not give to children may or may not be safe with use of estrogen, more research is needed.
black cohosh can potentate antihypertensive drugs thus increasing hypotension if both are used.
a recent report sites after the use of black and blue cohash together, a baby was born with asphyxia, leading to brain damage
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