There are many herbs and essential oils that are commonly recommended for childbirth. I always encourage my clients to treat any herbal or plant preparations as medicine. I typically do not recommend using herbs for inducing birth, and encourage people to avoid thinking that herbal inductions are “natural inductions”. Herbal medicines can be powerful, and as such, need to be used carefully and with caution.
Keep in mind that childbirth is an intricate biological process that generally is best undisturbed and un-interfered with. For most people, focusing on good nutrition and herbs that are for general nourishment is often best!
Here are some resources for herb and essential oil use during pregnancy and birth:
Research on specific herbs: