Although steaming is contraindicated during pregnancy, it can be used once the mother is full term for labor preparation and active labor support.
Case studies show that steaming may be useful to encourage labor starting naturally, shorten labor time and prevent birth injuries. If possible, every birthgiver or their birthworker team should have vaginal steam supplies in the home and designated birthing space.
A vaginal steam sauna and steaming herbs are a great gift for every mom/parent-to-be.
Steaming for labor preparation requires special training and should be done with the supervision of a practitioner. Ask your birthworker or steam practitioner if they are trained in this area or go to steamychick.com to search the Vaginal Steam Directory for a practitioner with this skill.