The Midwives Brew- A Natural Labor Induction Method
Nothing is worse than passing your date, trust me – I’ve been there too. You are so ready to have your baby in your arms and are searching for ways to induce labor naturally. Maybe you’ve heard of a special cocktail – a “German cocktail” that will help called: midwives brew.
If you’re curious (or in a hurry):
I drank midwives brew with my third pregnancy – and I have to say it worked! I was already overdue and dilated, but labor wasn’t kicking in. I went to see my midwife for my scheduled appointment and she gave me the recipe – at that point I was ready to try anything. I went home and brewed up the special “midwives cocktail” and delivery a healthy baby boy later that night. Let’s take a look at what’s in it and if it’s safe.
Midwives Brew Ingredients
Midwives Brew recipe
**IMPORTANT you need to wait until your pregnancy is full-term. Also, do not try any home remedies to induce labor without speaking with your medical provider first***
- 2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Castor Oil
- 1 Cup of Lemon Verbana Tea
- 1 1/4 Cups of Apricot Juice
Make the tea very strong with hot water. Then mix all ingredients in the blender and blend until the almond butter is smooth.
It’s best to drink on an empty stomach.
When do you drink it?
Ok girls, SUPER IMPORTANT you need to wait until your pregnancy is full-term. Also, do not try any home remedies to induce labor without speaking with your medical provider first. Again it’s very hard to wait – I get it, but inducing labor too early isn’t safe — for either of you.
Is Midwives Brew safe?
Castor oil cause spasms in the intestines which can cause the uterine muscles to spasm (contract), which can induce labor.
It can cause severe diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting – which may lead to dehydration. This is a big reason it shouldn’t be consumed during pregnancy without a medical provider’s guidance and supervision.
Additionally, castor oil may cause irregular or painful contractions. This can be stressful for mom and baby.
How long does it take for Midwives Brew to work?
Many women who have tried inducing labor using Midwives Brew had results within 24 hours while some reported having gone into labor quickly (like myself).
So here’s the deal, if you’re going to take it – you need to be ready because it can work fast.
Midwives Brew success rate
There are reports online that the Midwives’ Brew has a success rate of a 85%, within 24 hours. I couldn’t find any actual data to back up this claim.
Midwives Brew success stories
Google ‘Midwives Brew’ and you’ll find lot’s of success stories on forums. When I drank Midwives Brew I was given a green light by my midwife, and had my baby 7 hrs after consuming the concoction. If you’ve had success using Midwives Brew, we’d love to here about it – please share your experience in the comments.
Other natural ways to induce labor
If you try the midwives brew and it doesn’t work for you, or if you’re not into drinking castor oil there’s other things you can try. You might even want to try some of these first.
- Exercise: Get your heart rate up, nothing to crazy though…walk, hike.
- Membrane stripping: Sometimes at those last checkups your doctor or midwife will sweep your membranes.
- Nipple stimulation: Helps to get oxytocin levels rising. Check with your health provider first.
- Sex: It’s usually safe, but it may not be if your water has already broken (risk for infection). Check with your provider if you have any questions or doubts.
- Red raspberry leaf tea: Tastes good and helps keep you hydrated. Check with your health provider first.
- Acupressure: Acupressure helps to get oxytocin levels rising. Check with your health provider first.
If you’re overdue and tempted to get things going, midwives brew might be one trick you need. Just make sure that your health provider is is aware and approves.
Have you tried the midwives brew? Share your story in the comments.