When a laboring woman is having trouble, untie all knots in the room she's laying in.
We did it for my cousin when she was trying for a pain med free birth, and the doctors and nurses were kind enough to play along. Cousin swears when we untied the last knot the pain got much more manageable and she got into a good rhythm and had the cutest first cousin once removed ever.
ladyknight: Yup, she had a boy and it was a LONG labor(If I remember right, he was born just before the start of the 4th day of labor, starting from her first "pain" cramp). Would've been shorter but she refused the offered c-section and the doctor supported her since the kiddo wasn't in distress, the mom was.