These are a few herbs that I used during the pregnancy and delivery of my 5th child. Some women give birth in less than three hours—it’s called “precipitous labor.” Well, this was the case of my 5th child and I wholeheartedly believe it was due to these herbs. The labor and birth of my 5th child
took about 1 hour.
Everything began so fast. Once it started, that was it. I was in full blown labor. Thankfully, because of my previous birthing experiences, I recognized the signals my body was putting out and wasn’t frightened. My contractions began very strong and steady.
I began to have strong contractions less than a minute apart and knew the baby was ready to make her arrival. Next, my water broke after 45 minutes. With my previous deliveries, my water would break at the very end of labor. Once the water breaks,
the baby comes out immediately. This time, when my water broke, I knew this was it; she was ready to come out! And she did. I “breathed” my baby out and she made her arrival into this world 05/21/2014.
After Miriam was born, something else caught my attention. There was little to no bleeding. I was absolutely shocked. This was a first for me. I was like “where is all the blood”?
So here it is folks. Below is the list of herbs I took during and after pregnancy. I am not a medical professional, so please consult your physician if you are considering taking any of these herbs.
STARWEST BOTANICALS ORGANIC RED RASPBERRY LEAF
Cut and Sifted — 1 pound
Known as being the best, safest, and most widely used of all uterine/pregnancy tonic herbs. It
reduces pain during and after birth, prevents miscarriage and hemorrhaging, increases fertility in
both men and women, eases morning sickness and much more. I have used this herb for 3 of my
children and I would NOT do without it. It is a must have for every expecting mother. During
pregnancy, I drink about a cup of infused Raspberry Leaf tea every day. Sometimes I infuse the tea
with Nettle and Alfalfa leaves. These herbs are great during pregnancy. When contractions begin, I
pour one pint of boiling water over an ounce of raspberry leaves. Let steep for a minimum of 30
minutes. Strain and drink as hot as possible.
GENTLE BIRTH FORMULA 4OZ
Gentle Birth is a 5-week herbal tincture. You begin taking this tincture 5 weeks before your due
date and it helps prepare your body for an easy delivery. This tincture helps you have shorter
labors, tones the uterus, causes less bleeding, helps you dilate quickly and recover in less time. I
used this tincture with my 4th child and it was a very quick and bearable delivery (4 hours from start
to finish). That was also our first unassisted home birth.
BLUE COHOSH (USE WITH CAUTION)
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyflum thalicotroides) Blue Cohosh
is supposed to make stronger and more effective contractions. I used this during the latter part of
my pregnancy. This should be avoided until the last 4 to 6 weeks of pregnancy. I took about 15
drops of tincture in tea/water twice a day starting at 37 weeks.
Motherwort is a great herb to use at the end of pregnancy. It helps
contractions to be more effective. It regulates Braxton Hicks contractions and alleviates false labor.
It’s not used necessarily to induce labor, but might be a great option if you have been having a lot
of irregular contractions or false labor. You can use it in a tincture or by drinking an herbal infusion.
I took a few doses of the tincture (one dose is 10 drops under the tongue) near the very end of my
During my labor and delivery:
SKULLCAP TINCTURE ~ ORGANIC ~ 1 Oz
Helps pain of all kinds and is a natural safe herb to take during delivery. Once you feel a strong
sensation accompanying the dilation of the cervix, usually responds to a single dose of 3-8 drops
under the tongue or in a glass of water of Skullcap. You can repeat the dose whenever necessary,
but watch out for its sedative effect.
BOIRON – ARNICA MONTANA 200CK 80 plts
I took 1 dose of Arnica (200C/CK) when my contractions began. You can either take your first dose
when your water breaks or when contractions begin (whichever comes first). I took another dose
during pushing and another dose after birth. Arnica is known to prevent after-pains, hemorrhaging,
and lessens the need for pain medication. Arnica is great for labor as it helps the muscles do their
work and minimizes physical stress and strain on soft tissues. It prevents the bruising during birth,
minimized cervical swelling and infection.
Take 10 drops of Motherwort after the baby is born (stops
hemorrhage.) The tincture acts quickly to calm the feelings, strengthen the heart, and alleviate shock.
The usual dose is 10 drops under the tongue, once. CAUTION: Bleeding may be increased by use
of repeated doses.
RASPBERRY LEAF TEA:
I learned this following method from the Raspberry Leaf Tea Story. I
used this method with my 4th child and it worked like a charm. When contractions begin, I pour one
pint of boiling water over an ounce of raspberry leaves. Let steep for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Strain and drink as hot as possible.
Hemorrhage Prevention & Help with Expulsion of the Placenta/After Delivery:
RASPBERRY LEAF: Drinking Raspberry leaf infusion after delivery helps facilitate placenta
delivery. You can drink hot tea as often as you like after the baby is born or you can have frozen
Raspberry leaf infusion to suck throughout the labor and after delivery because it helps keep the uterus working strongly and smoothly.
GENTLE BIRTH: Take a few doses of Gentle Birth Tincture to help heal after delivery.
ARNICA: Take 2 doses an hour apart after delivery. Then you can take it every 4 to 6 hours or as
SKULLCAP TINCTURE: Helps expel the placenta after birth. 3-8 drops under the tongue or in a
glass of water of Skullcap after baby is born.