Late First Stage/Hard Labor

Late First Stage/Hard Labor Cheat Sheet

don't give upIn Late First Stage you are in deep concentration. Your contractions are strong and consistent. Your goal is to relax, stay hydrated, and preserve your energy. It is helpful to have this sheet ready for your coach/doula to use. Be sure to review this with your coach/doula and discuss your expectations.

For energy and hydration:
  • NingXa Red – 1 Tbsp per hour for energy and antioxidants                           


  • Raw honey – 1 tsp per hour for energy
  • Coconut water for replenishment and hydration
For relaxing:


  • Use essential oils from previous stages including Relaxing Mama Massage Oil, Lavender essential oil, and Gentle Baby Essential Oil Blend.
  • Diffuse Lavender or a blend of Lavender and Ylang Ylang in labor room (fill diffuser with water and add 4 drops lavender and 4 drops Ylang Ylang or 8 drops Lavender)
  • Apply 2-4 drops of lavender to wet cloth and inhale. Put cloth on forehead or back of neck.
To promote focus, strength, and confidence:

fetal monitor

  • Valor II or Valor
    • Inhale directly from bottle
    • Apply 4-6 drops in 4-6 drops of carrier oil and apply to wrists, chest, back of neck, and bottom of feet.
    • Apply on shoulders to calm
To calm emotions and ease discomfort:


  • Add 1-2 drops to warm wet cloth  and inhale deeply and exhale 5 times.
  • Add warm cloth to forehead, back of neck, or shoulders
  • You can also inhale directly from bottle or apply neat or diluted to back of neck, shoulders, arms, and bottom of feet.
  • To ease discomfort: dilute 1:1 and apply to stomach and lower back
If labor halts or to encourage labor:


  • Apply labor massage oil to stomach in a circular motion and inside ankles. 
  • Add to labor tub


  • Dilute Clary Sage 4:1 (4 drops carrier oil, 1 drop Clary Sage) and apply to stomach, inside ankles. 
  • NOTE: Clary Sage is a hot oil so make sure you use it diluted.





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