I haven't been using RRL at all this pregnancy; just due to sheer laziness, I guess...I may still do a strong infusion at the onset of labor; I've heard that can be effective, too.
For my first homebirth, my mw had me start taking EPO orally at 35 weeks, then vaginally and orally at 36 weeks. I can't remember the exact dosage, but it was 2 capsules orally (morning and night) and 2 capsules vaginally each night.
For my 2nd and 3rd homebirths, same drill but I used borage oil instead of EPO. Borage is more potent....especially good for post-dates, first-time moms, and someone with a history of rigid cervix. I don't think I really *needed* the borage as compared to the EPO, but it was what my mw at the time preferred.
I suspect that this time, by the time I hit 37 weeks, I'll find myself reaching for the Borage oil and hoping it gets me going faster!
I will also be using a 5w formula as soon as I get it ordered (I'm either almost 34 or almost 36 weeks right now). I'll probably order the Polly Jean formula from www.birthjunkie.com
I've used it in the past & I think it's great--I think it shortened my labors and made them more efficient, and I especially think it helped my body bounce back from the births faster. With 4 kids 8 and under, AND a newborn, I'll be needing all the help I can get!
Actually, I'd rather take the Gentle Birth Formula
, simply because it's a liquid, and I am sooooooooo sick of pills!
And they are about the same price....but the Polly Jean has free shipping, and the shipping cost on the Gentle Birth is nearly $8!!!
I emailed my midwife to see if maybe she could get a midwife discount or something, but if she can't, I'll just order the Polly-Jean sometime this week.