The Labor Dance - It worked for me!
So my due date was June 11th with Avery. I started having signs of Labor on June 3rd and my work told me to take my maternity leave early. I was bored out of my mind and just wanted my baby to come. I took walks, ate spice food, tried acupuncture massage, the whole deal. Nothing happened. I read this article about a "Labor Dance" that supposedly induced labor within 12 hours. I figured it couldn't hurt so I went at it! I looked like an idiot doing the exercises around my living room and it was EXHAUSTING. But almost exactly 12 hours later I had my first contraction! It could've have been an coincidence, but I thought I'd share anyway :)
Here are the instructions for the Labor Dance:
"Fo the Labor Dance in the morning when you are really ready should labor start. If you do it at 4 pm and labor begins at 9 pm, you'll be tired! Repeat these steps over and over for as long as you can.
Rub your belly with a flat palm quite vigorously in a clockwise circle, around around around (don't be shy to be firm with your touch), for 1 minute (the average length of a contraction). This will stimulate a Braxton Hicks contraction.
Next, for 3 minutes (the average you-know-you're-in-labor-when length of break between contractions) do your own combination of a wide-legged lungy type of walking (big, wide-open pelvis---you'll look ridiculous, so do it where you can be free of onlookers!) and squats. Walk walk squat, walk walk lunge---whatever---for 3 minutes. Think wide pelvis, deep squats. You can also put one leg up on stairs and lunge upwards into it (easier than lunging down towards the ground!).
Do this rub-the-belly for 1 minute and lunge-squat-walk for 3 minutes for as long as you can. Rest. Repeat!
It has been known to bring labor on, if the body is ready. If it's not quite ready, rest and try again the next day. Don't get discouraged! Trust in your body. It's working just fine without too much messing with it!"
I seriously suggest doing it in the morning like she said. I did in the afternoon and went into labor at 1:00am. I only had 3 hours of sleep before my 21 hours of labor, which made the whole thing harder.