Red Raspberry Leaf Tea in Pregnancy

Red raspberry leaf is a herb that is used medicinally for thousands of years. Raspberry leaf has been used by indigenous cultures in Australia for thousands of years. In the 1940s, western medicine practitioners began to use it as a tonic for the uterus during pregnancy and childbirth.

Benefits Of Red Raspberry Leaf

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Red raspberry leaves contains a rich assortment of vitamins including Vitamin B complex, calcium, iron, magnesium and fragarine. Across the world, red raspberry leaf is used to treat flu, loose stool, acne, lowering the blood sugar of diabetic women, regulate irregular menstrual cycles, decrease heavy periods and lowering blood pressure to name some of the most popular uses.

When taken during pregnancy, red raspberry leaf is believed to aid the mother’s immune system, ease morning sickness and promote better circulation. Taking raspberry leaf is said to strengthen uterine muscles and tone the pelvic floor in preparation for childbirth, as well as assisting with breast milk supply.

Studies have shown that women who take red raspberry leaf have a reduced incidence of birth interventions. Research has also found that women who drink red raspberry leaf tea regularly towards the end of their pregnancies had shorter second stages of labour than those who don’t. Yay!

Source: Study published by Australian midwives in 1999:

“The sample consisted of 108 mothers; 57 (52.8%) consumed raspberry leaf products while 51 (47.2%) were in the control group. The findings suggest that the raspberry leaf herb can be consumed by women during their pregnancy for the purpose for which it is taken, that is, to shorten labour with no identified side effects for the women or their babies. The findings also suggest ingestion of the drug might decrease the likelihood of pre and post-term gestation. An unexpected finding in this study seems to indicate that women who ingest raspberry leaf might be less likely to receive an artificial rupture of their membranes, or require a caesarean section, forceps or vacuum birth than the women in the control group.”

Red Raspberry Leaf can be consumed by drinking a tea, herbal capsules, or tinctures (be careful these often contain alcohol)

You can have up to 4-5 cups of raspberry leaf tea in your third trimester, but have at least 2-3. If you’re in your first trimester, one cup per day is fine. Some providers and practitioners suggest that Red Raspberry Leaf can overstimulate the uterus in the first trimester and recommend waiting until mid 2nd trimester before consuming to reduce the risk of miscarriage. 

If you prefer raspberry leaf tablets/capsules follow the recommended dosage…

Most women do not experience any side effects from taking raspberry leaf tea, however some women report some nausea and loose stool associated with red raspberry leaf, with the most reported side effect being an Increase in Braxton Hicks contractions (CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU EXPERIENCE STRONG BRAXTON HICKS, especially if you are before term)

 Avoid consuming red raspberry leaf without consulting your doctor or midwife if you:

  • Have previously had a short labour of three hours of less
  • Have previously had a caesarean section
  • Have previously had premature labour
  • Have experienced vaginal bleeding since week 20
  • Are having a planned caesarean section
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have previously had breast or ovarian cancer, fibroids or endometriosis
  • Have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, fibroids or endometriosis
  • Are expecting twins
  • Have any complications or health problems in your pregnancy

You should always tell your healthcare provider if you are planning to take red raspberry leaf during your pregnancy.

It is generally recommended not to start taking red raspberry leaf until you are at least 32 weeks pregnant, but if you wish to take it sooner, simply check with your doctor, midwife, or naturopath. You can then continue to take it until the end of the pregnancy.

Post Partum benefits: Red raspberry leaf during and after you give birth is known to help your uterus shrink back down, boost your immune system, assist with milk supply and fighting infection. Those who encapsulate their placentas often use red raspberry leaf in their herbal placenta blend.

I personally consumed red-raspberry leaf tea through my 2nd & third trimesters of my last 3 babies. During the early labor phase I could be seen brewing RRL tea, and sipping throughout my early labor, and again post partum.  I think this herb doesn’t get enough props or attention as it is very valuable to the female reproductive system.
This post is not medical advice and is not a substitute for seeing your health care provider.

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Some inspiration to help you kick butt for your baby!

Need some inspiration to quit smoking?

N.C. Mortality rate for infants who never made it to their 1st birthday increased in 2012 for the second year in a row. Of those deaths, 182 were congenital malformations/deformations/ chromosome abnormalities, 210 died from prematurity or low birth weight…..
Surgeon General’s Warning specifically declares smoking dangerous and a contributor to birth defects, prematurity, and mortality.
There are quit-smoking programs in the community available with tools, resources and incentives to help you make a healthy decision for you and your baby. Contact your local health department for more information!

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Birth Doula Willow begins the N.C. Chapter for Shaken Baby Syndrome…..

With the rise of Shaken Baby Syndrome which kills on average 1-4 babies in the United States daily mortality and thousands injured yearly, I believe it is important for the birth support team and hospitals to acknowledge that not enough is being done to educate parents on how to prevent such tragic events. This is why more hospitals need Doula’s on staff, to help the parents in initial bonding and education of techniques or tricks on baby care and soothing… I believe a DOULA’s role isn’t just birth, but also in service of transitioning to parenthood..

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We are currently in the process of registering officially as a 501.

Birth Doula Willow- Advocacy Featured on National Center For Shaken Baby Syndrome Facebook Page

Helping Baby Clay

See post here: https://www.facebook.com/NCSBS/posts/10151537744581956

Additional Article from NEWS 13 WLOS

Helping Baby Clay An Arden mother of four is using the power of social media to help another local mom and her son, through the power of prayer. It’s an effort going viral on Facebook for an infant still in a coma. The baby is a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome. The page is called Prayers For A Hendersonville Baby Boy. It’s dedicated to 6-month-old Clay. His mother’s boyfriend, Justin Pate, was babysitting him and is charged with felony child abuse. Willow Arnold says she was heartbroken when she learned about the case and used Facebook to contact baby Clay’s family. She says social media is working. “The mother does see this, the family does, it really touches their heart to see the community crying out to them and saying, you know, we understand and we’re praying, ” said Willow Arnold. If you’d like to get involved with prayer or make a donation, click here.

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Made the Local News!

Stranger rallies support for baby boy in coma

By Emily Weaver
Times-News Staff Writer
Published: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 9:32 p.m.

A mother of four in Arden is rallying prayer and community support for a baby boy who remains in a “persistent coma” at Mission Hospital. The man accused of putting him in the hospital remains in jail.

Justin Andrew Pate, 23, of Old White St. in Mountain Home has been charged with felony child abuse after a 5-month-old in his care was found unresponsive at a home on Dorado Lane July 10. The infant, Clay, was “in full cardiac arrest” when rescue personnel arrived. Clay remains in critical condition.

When Willow Arnold first saw the story, she felt compelled to help.

“I was really, deeply crushed,” she said. “You hear tragic things on the news all the time, but for some reason this was a story that God placed in my heart that made me reach out. I kept thinking, ‘is he OK? Is he OK?’”

Arnold, who is a mother to four children ranging in age from 1 to 7, felt her heart break for a family she had never met. Now she has become one of the family’s staunchest allies and its unofficial spokesperson, keeping a caring community up-to-date about Clay’s fight for survival.

“I just want to get people involved and aware and praying for this baby,” she said Tuesday. “The family and I believe in the power of prayer.”

Clay has beaten the odds so far, surviving when medical professionals have doubted his prognosis, but if he recovers, he has a long road ahead of him.

Arnold said Clay has been taken off of a ventilator and is now breathing on his own, but he remains in a “persistent coma.” Wrapped in a blanket, with socks over his feet and hands and a cap on his head to keep him warm, Clay has not been able to regulate his own body temperature.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen, but we’re praying for a miracle,” she said. “That’s all we can do.”

Investigators say that on July 10, Clay’s mother left him with her fiancé while she went to work. She never saw this coming, Arnold said.

“That particular day was tragic for Clay and his mother. Her life will never be the same and neither will that baby’s,” she said. “It’s just sad. I just can’t imagine what she’s going through… to see her baby in that state. She hasn’t left the baby’s side.”

Arnold said doctors have done just about all they can do and may soon send the baby home with caregivers, where he will remain in a coma until he wakes up or “the unthinkable happens” and he never wakes up.

Call to act

After the story was first reported, Arnold waited for updates on the baby’s condition, but nothing followed.

“For a period of about a week or two it just drove me crazy,” she said. “I decided to reach out to the family through the hospital.”

Arnold, who quilts lightweight blankets from home to create an extra income for her family, took a blanket to the hospital for baby Clay. The staff cited privacy laws and she was turned away with her gift, but she asked the nurses to let the family know that somebody cared and was praying for them.

A couple of days went by without a word. Arnold said she continued to pray and then decided to rally more prayers through Facebook. She created the page, “Prayers for Hendersonville Baby Boy,” on July 22 and built a few ads to promote the site.

Within 24 hours, nearly 200 people had liked the page. As of 6 p.m. Tuesday it had 589 followers. She said she was expecting 600 by the end of the week.

After the site was launched, Arnold said the family contacted her and she met with them two days later to give them the blanket.

With the family’s permission, she has posted photos of Clay and several updates about his condition on the site.

Arnold organized a prayer vigil, which was held at her church, The River Church in Asheville, on July 25. More than a dozen people signed up to attend. A nationwide prayer chain, she said, now reaches all the way to missionaries in Zimbabwe.

Becoming an advocate

“One baby every day dies from Shaken Baby Syndrome and thousands more are hospitalized,” Arnold said. She has researched the syndrome extensively since learning about Clay.

“The whole thing is heartbreaking, it really is,” she said. “I plan to keep pushing for advocacy in this area… I don’t think enough is being done.”

She added that there are hotlines parents can call if they get stressed out and don’t know how to quiet a baby who continues to cry. For a condition that robs so many infants of vibrant, healthy lives, she said, the syndrome can be “extremely preventable.”

With the support of sponsors, Arnold is hoping to have a float to honor Clay in the upcoming Apple Festival parade. She is seeking volunteers to help hand out fliers during the procession.

To volunteer, to help in the parade or to sponsor a float or fliers, contact Arnold through the Facebook page “Prayers for Hendersonville Baby Boy” or email Willow_arnold@aol.com.

Reach Weaver at emily.weaver@blueridgenow.com or 828-694-7867……………………………..

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Prayers Needed For A Local Baby……..

My heart has been touched by a local baby boy who’s story made the news, and I felt God call me to help……

Baby Clay was Shaken To Death by a male caregiver on July the 10th 2013. He was 5 months old. The first photo was taken of him playing and smiling just 3 days before the incident on July the 7th.  Fire Dept Rescue, and EMS found him in full cardiac arrest, cyanotic with retinal hemorrhaging had to be resuscitated by rescue workers. He was taken to the nearby hospital where he lived on advanced life support for a month before doctors had done all they could do. He was not expected to live off life support, and began breathing on his own. Today he lives at home and remains in what doctors are calling “a persistent coma”. Please pass this along, and continue to pray for this baby who’s heroic fight continues! We thank God everyday for Clay’s progress! Please never shake a baby! Visit his Facebook Support Page at: http://www.Facebook.com/PrayersForHendersonvilleBabyBoy

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Homemade Baby Powder Recipe

Even the best diapering can still result with baby’s bottom being irritated. Cloth diapers is the best way to go for diapering and often more helpful in avoiding irritation. Cloth is breathable, chemical free and healthier for baby and the enviroment. Most powders and creams in the stores are full of ingredients that aren’t very healthy and the quality of these products is also lost. It’s important to remember the Integumentary system or “skin” is the largest organ in the body. It’s our defense barrier between the outside and is also a filtering system for substances entering and exiting the body. Our bodies do not like chemicals and our babies especially have delicate skin needs. Consider a quick and easy way to whip up a more friendly solution to diaper irritation. Home made Baby Powder Recipe A talc-free powder with some of nature’s finest herbs for gently soothing and to help heal irritated skin. 1 cup arrowroot powder 1 tbsp. dried ground chamomile 1 tbsp. dried ground lavender Combine all ingredients until evenly blended. Consider recycling a jar and poking holes to make a shaker. Use as needed externally applied to baby’s bottom when diapering. Arrowroot powder gently helps soothe and dry damp areas, lavender and chamomile are soothing, healing, and help prevent bacterial growth. A good old fashioned rolled oats bath can be calming is also helpful in soothing your baby’s skin. Put a cup of rolled (not instant) oatmeal in an old stocking or cheesecloth. Tie it up so you don’t end up with oatmeal mush all over your tub and add to hot bath water. Allow the water to cool down to an appropriate temperature before placing baby in the bath. Always double check the bath water with a thermometer insure it is safe and will not burn your loved one. Wishing your baby a happy bottom! Have fun making this simple, healthier, friendly alternative to talc baby powder! Just a friendly reminder to always remember to change your baby frequently to help prevent irritation from urine and stool. This post is not medical advice and is not a substitute for seeing your health care provider. Many diaper rashes are not serious, however rashes including those in the diaper area can signal a more serious condition. For really bad or unusual rashes or rashes that perisist without getting better, a visit to your doctor is highly recommended and should be considered.