Anyone else planning on drinking red raspberry leaf infusions? I found the 100+ page thread on it in some other part of mothering.com and have been very impressed with what I read. Here's what I've learned, in case you don't feel like doing the amount of reading I already have (though I'd recommend reading the first post with the interesting story about one woman's experience with RRL):
In the 3rd trimester, start drinking 3 cups of RRL tea/infusion every day. It helps tone the uterus and is supposed to make the contractions in labor much more efficient, leading to a faster, easier delivery. To make it strong enough, steep 1 oz (1 mounding cup) of RRL tea in 1 quart of just boiled water in a covered jar or pot overnight. Drink throughout the day.
Then, when you begin to go into labor, make the same infusion, but with half the amount of water (i.e. double in strength) and drink hot. It's supposed to make labor go way faster.
I figure there's not much to lose by drinking it. And you can order your herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs. They've got organic, loose leaf RRL, among many other herbs. Shipping is pricy, and it's takes a good week+ to get to me from Oregon, but their quality is fantastic.
Would love to know if you've tried this or are planning to try it.