Welcome to our "Get this baby outta me" series of videos Episode 3! We love helping mamas prep their minds and body for birth. Why Dates? So, to be clear Dates do not start labor. They actually help ready your body for a better labor. Dates work as a cervical ripening agent. Now, that being said....not everyone believes it. But that's ok, some studies support it and it won't hurt you so why not?