Long for the good 'ol days, when everything was more "natural?"
You might change your mind after you read this. In 1671, Jane Sharp included in The Midwives Book, a recipe to accelerate the process of delivering a stillborn. Wonder what cocktail Dr. Gothart in the modern nineteenth century whipped up.
Take Oyl of worms, of Foxes, and of the Lillies of the Vallies, each alike, boyl a young blind Puppey in them, so long that his flesh part from the bones; then press forth all strongly, and add to the straining, Styrax, Calamint, Benzoin, Opopanax, Frankincense, Mastik, of each one dram, a little Aqua Vitae, a little wax; mix them and make of them an Ointment; then let her drink often of this Potion following.
Kind of makes ye olde Pitocin in an IV bag look less horrible.