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Hi, my name is Elizabeth Bachner and I am Licensed Midwife, a Licensed Acupuncturist and a Certified Professional Midwife. And, I'm here to talk about inducing with Blue and Black Cohosh. So, Blue and Black Cohosh are actually plants, and they are made into an herbal tincture that one will take either in tea or water or straight in the mouth. And when you buy it, it looks like this and it comes with a dropper on the inside. Before I begin, I would like to remind you that it's really important that you talk to your care provider and let them know what you're doing because you are taking something that can stimulate uterine contractions, and I would never want anyone to overstimulate their uterus. How I recommend it to my clients is to do it five to ten drops of this; so, five to ten drops, five to ten drops of the herbs in water or tea and every hour. You do this for up to four hours, either you will have strong contractions that will start or if there is nothing, then what I recommend is doing a full dropper, full of the actual herb, under the tongue once an hour for up to four hours. If nothing is happening by that point, then you will discontinue use of it and you could start again the next day. The herbal tissue comes in different forms. You can actually get it as a single herb or you can buy a combination of Blue and Black Cohosh together with some other complementary herbs. Another way of using the herbal remedy of Blue and Black Cohosh is to use them in their homeopathic form. The Blue Cohosh is also called Caulophyllum and the Black Cohosh is called Cimicifuga. There's a lot of different philosophies out there on how to use the homeopathic; which number on which dose, so consult with your care provider or find a homeopathic doctor who can help you in the process. One of my favorite websites to research how to do natural inductions is called gentlebirth.org. The website's filled with recommendations from different Midwives and OB-GYNs and natural care providers about different things that you can do on your own, and do your own research to figure out what's right for you. So, the way to use an herbal remedy is, actually, you want to shake it first and when you open it up, inside you're going to find an eyedropper. So, you fill the eyedropper with the herb and then if you're counting drops, you do so. So, each drop goes like this; one, two, three, four, five. Now, if you want to do, say, a dropper full under the tongue, this is what it would look like. So, you squeeze the top of the dropper, that's about a dropper full, and you just open up your mouth, making sure that don't actually touch the end of the dropper; you don't want to be making contact with it, and you just. So, my personal preference is to actually use straight Blue Cohosh or to use a formula that combines both Blue and Black together. I do not use just straight Black Cohosh. As I was trained by the Midwives I work with, they found that when we use just Black Cohosh, the baby's heart rate tended to go up by about five beats. There is no evidence to prove that, but because that's something that they just felt was true, I tend to not use the Black Cohosh and just use Blue.