Well, after EIGHT DAYS of non-effective, off and on contractions, we finally got a good ctx pattern going. Three hours and six pushes later she birthed a healthy, beautiful, 8lb 7oz baby girl. Fast descent led to some facial bruising, poor thing, but now at a week old, she's perfect.
Here's what ended up having the best effect (after days of positioning exercises and maneuvers from the spinningbabies.com website, over TEN OZ of Castor Oil-- completely didn't work, and tons of Black/Blue Cohosh):
- Cotton Root Bark and Goldenseal Tinctures, every half hour each, alternating on the fifteen minute mark (a different tincture every fifteen min)
- Aconite Homeopathic (to address issues of fatigue, stress and anxiety)
- Arnica and Pulsatilla Homeopathic, together every hour
Post-labor positioning of the baby seem to indicate a nuchal hand may have been holding things up. Or possibly TWO hands :) As a side note, she took about two days off of attempts to start labor before the final days when we threw eveything we had at her. Good idea to let her get as well-rested as possible.