Raspberry leaf tea labor cubes. Before labor begins, make up a very strong tea using 2 quarts of boiling water with two cups of dried red raspberry leaves added. Simmer with lid off for at least 20 to 30 minutes until the volume reduces considerably. Strain and add ¼ cup of honey. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze adding water if necessary for at least one tray’s worth. Store in a ziplock bag in freezer.
Electrolyte-balanced sports drinks. Avoid overly sweet, chemically-generated blue and other colored products not found in nature. Experiment with different kinds until you find one you like. Have on hand for labor.
Miso broth. High in protein and tastes salty. There are a number of different flavors available as a paste or in dry packets. Add to a cup of hot water. Avoid boiling miso as it will destroy many of the nutrients.
Concentrated homemade chicken or beef broth. Place one whole chicken or a couple of beef bones in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil and skin off the foam that will rise to the surface after about 10 minutes and discard. Add one cut up onion, three stalks of celery, two to three garlic cloves. Cover and reduce heat, simmering for 1 ½ hours. Cool and strain out solids. (Make chicken salad out of the meat.) Put in refrigerator overnight so that fat solidifies on top. Remove fat and discard. Return broth to stove uncovered and bring to a boil, allowing the liquid to reduce to a rich-colored broth. Add sea salt to taste at the end. Freeze in small containers to have on hand for labor.
(Summarized from International Doula, Volume 17, Issue 2)