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Herbs for Labor: Comfrey Leaf

What it is: Comfrey is a perennial herb with hairy broad leaves. It’s internal use is to be avoided, however externally the leaves help prevent infection and promote healing. How it works: Comfrey leaf can be helpful after your baby is born

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Herbs for Labor: Cohosh

What it is: Blue and black cohosh are roots from two separate plants. Blue cohosh, Caluphyllum thalictroides, is also known as squaw root, papoose root, blue ginseng or yellow ginseng. Black cohosh, Cimicifuga racemosa, is also known as baneberry, black snakeroot, bugbane,

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Castor Oil for Labor

What it is: In an attempt to start labor, some women will drink a mixture of castor oil and juice. The various recipes for this mixture are generally called a “midwife cocktail,” or a “castor oil induction.” How it works: Castor oil

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Herbs for Labor: Angelica Root

What it is: Angelica root has been used for women’s health in china for thousands of years. It is a uterine tonic and hormonal regulator. How it works: Angelica root is a powerful uterine stimulant. It can help to expel a retained

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Labor Tools: Water

What it is: Water can be incorporated into labor through a shower or a bath. Some women even enjoy labor pools. How it works: In the shower, the warmth and pressure of the sprays of water help to relieve tension in the

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Labor Tools: TENS

What it is: TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. TENS has been successful used by physical therapists when treating chronic pain, and is now used during labor. How it works: A TENS unit will generate electrical impulses that are used to

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Labor Tools: Tennis Ball

What it is: A tennis ball is a soft small ball used in the game of tennis. Because of its size and gentle flexibility, a tennis ball makes a useful massage tool during labor. If no tennis ball is available, you can

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Labor Tools: Squat Bar

What it is: A squat bar is an attachment for a labor bed that provides support for the mother while she pushes in a squatting position. How it works: The bar can be attached to the bed during the pushing stage. The

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Labor Tools: Rice Sock

What it is: A rice sock is en enclosed piece of fabric filled with dry rice that can be placed in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and will provide heat for about half an hour. Traditionally made from a tube sock and

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Labor Tools: Rolling Pin

What it is: A rolling pin is a tool that is used by cooks to flatten dough. In labor it can be used to provide pressure massage for the mother. How it works: When rolled along the mother’s back, the rolling pin