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Hey Holly,

I am 35 weeks along with my third child (the first two being twins). I am hoping to do natural childbirth with this one. I was reading your posts on raspberry leaf tea and reading your birth story. I have the tea, but I would like some further information on how you prepared your tea once in labor. I saw you said to use 1 oz of the loose leaf tea and drink it as hot as possible. How much water did you use?

Thank you so much for your help and your constant encouragement in mothering! You are such a treasure.



Hi Wendy!

First of all, congratulations on your impending arrival! Thank you for your kind words, but I feel like mothers of twins are the true encouragement to mothering. It must be so intense and wonderful at the same time.

I have had lots of people write to ask about my red raspberry leaf tea protocol.

I wish I had photos of the whole leaf tea, my husband steeping it, and me trying to guzzle it down in 107 degree weather, but I was a little preoccupied…the directions I followed from the Rodale book are:

“On one ounce of raspberry leaves pour one pint of boiling water, cover and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain, and when the time for delivery is approaching drink the whole as hot as possible.”

This is what I did, and I really believe it helped.

Here’s to a quick and incredible delivery for you Wendy. YOU can do it. Your body was designed for this, and you have what it takes! Let me know if you have any other questions, and please let me know how it goes.