The experience of bringing a new life into this world is a time of great joy and excitement. Creation is taking form, and life is moving in the perfect ways of nature. Through the ages, herbs and, more recently, flower remedies have been used to make pregnancy and the birthing process less traumatic for both the mother and the child. Alternative Health Networks, through its Cycle of Life Herbal Programs, has put together a birthing line that has had amazing results for the past 28 years. Many of the first products were developed by our company to assist the needs of one of the co-founders. In tandem with her pregnancy, Debra was teaching childbirth classes to women who were interested in exploring alternative methods of childbirth. Uses for herbs and flower remedies were a major focus of this exploration. Many practitioners of alternative childbirth methods found these herbal and flower products to be extremely beneficial. Our product lines have evolved through the years and now include many formulas to assist a woman through pregnancy, childbirth, and the beginning of parenthood. The following information about these proven herbal and flower remedy products will show how they can assist in a truly wonderful birthing process. The products are: Pre-Motherhood ** Pregnancy & Birth Preparation Fearfulness Fear of giving Birth Smooth Birthing ** Pregnancy & Birth Trauma Relief Depression/Gloom Postpartum Depression First-Aid Remedy Emergencies & Trauma Relief Stress/Tension Relaxes Muscles & Nervous System Fatigue/Exhaustion Lack of Vitality & Strength Iron Rich Anemia & Pregnancy Nature’s Herbal Vitamin Herbal Supplement for Pregnancy Red Raspberry Birthing Supplement Labor-Ease ** Six-Week Birthing Formula Wild Lettuce/Valerian Powerful Relaxant Nature’s Antiseptic Nutritional Antibiotic Formula During pregnancy many changes occur in the mother’s body, increasing her nutritional needs. This formula provides the mother with most of the important nutrients, including protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamins A, B, C, and D. Pre-Motherhood acts as a glandular activator and supplies most of the nutritional needs for the mother and developing baby. It helps ease “morning sickness” and, as a uterine tonic, it relaxes muscles and tones the birthing canal. We highly recommend that this formula be used as soon as the pregnancy is confirmed and continued all the way to the time of birth. Ingredients: Red Raspberry leaf, Motherwort herb, Partridge Berry, Wild Yam root, Chamomile flower, Beth root, Ginger root, Peppermint leaf, Aletris root, Beet root, Comfrey leaf, Dandelion root, and Stinging Nettles in a 35% alcoholic aqueous solution. This remedy alleviates the sense of dread and feelings of panic and terror that may arise during a woman’s pregnancy and at the time of birth. In addition to a general fear of the unknown, the expectant mother may fear that she will be unable to handle pain during the delivery process or that her baby will not be perfect. She may also worry about the changes that parenthood will create in her relationship with the baby’s father. Fearfulness helps overcome most of these fears, allowing the expectant mother to accept the fruitfulness of her expanded life and realize that her world is completely safe. It is especially useful for those who are terrified that a birthing emergency might occur. Ingredients: Flower Essences of Aspen, Blackberry, Cherry Plum, Garlic, Mimulus, Red Chestnut, and Rock Rose in an 8% brandy aqueous solution. Recommendation: Fearfulness is a wonderful flower remedy to take in conjunction with Pre- Motherhood during the last two months of pregnancy. Our first Deva Flower Remedy, Smooth Birthing helps the expectant mother realize that the birth of her baby is being guided by the highest powers in the universe. It promotes a sense of peacefulness and calm during all stages of the pregnancy and the birthing process. This formula helps tone the uterus and birthing canal while it helps balance the emotional body, so that less stress is experienced during both pregnancy and birth. This remedy is useful for women who have fears of possible problems such as birth difficulties, severe pain, or a lengthy delivery. Smooth Birthing helps them face birth challenges or other problems with courage and lightness. Taking Smooth Birthing helps release rigidity and the need for control, allowing the birth miracle to unfold beautifully and naturally. One of the ingredients, Walnut, is known as the “link breaker,” allowing the mother to go through an easy transition from pregnancy to motherhood. Ingredients: Flower Essences of Aspen, Bowl Gourd, Impatiens, Mimulus, Rock Rose, Squash, Vervain, and Walnut in an 8% brandy aqueous solution. During an emergency, both the mind and body may be affected, causing a rapid depletion of energy reserves. Fortunately, there is an answer, one that has been proven effective since the late 1930’s and is completely safe to take with all medications. First-Aid Remedy centers the mind and reduces stress. It can be used for emergencies of all kinds, including accidents, shock, injury, insect and animal bites, or anything that causes terror or extreme distress. It also promotes fast healing of injuries, trauma, and pain by stimulating the vital energies. The depleted reserves can easily be rebuilt and made available to the whole body. It also works well for birthing problems as an emergency aid. First-Aid Remedy can be effectively administered whenever a problem occurs during the birth process, including the sudden detachment of the placenta, fetal distress, or an unexpected multiple birth. Complications following delivery, such as postpartum hemorrhage, can also be assisted effectively with this remedy. Ingredients: Flower Essences of Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose, Star of Bethlehem, and Homeopathic Arnica in an 8% brandy aqueous solution. In 1967, researchers Holms and Rahe conducted a study of life events, both pleasant and unpleasant, that create change and potentially cause stress. The result of the study was a list of 42 typical life events, each assigned a value representing the severity of the stress and the amount of time needed to recover. With values ranging from 100 for the death of a spouse to 11 for minor violations of the law, pregnancy was assigned a “stress value” of 40. Obviously, pregnancy is a life event with the potential to create a lot of stress. Stress/Tension releases mental strain and pressure, relaxing tense muscles while it calms and strengthens the nervous system. It helps individuals accept changes in their lives without feeling the negative effects of stressful situations. Stress/Tension can also be used to relieve tension headaches and pain. When an expectant mother feels out of control, a few drops of Stress/Tension can help return a sense of equilibrium. During delivery, these drops can help calm the mother’s stress, thus creating a more peaceful birth experience. Ingredients: Flower Essences of Aspen, Dandelion, Impatiens, Lotus, Sweet Chestnut, Vervain, White Chestnut, and Wild Chamomile in an 8% Brandy aqueous solution. As they come to the end of their term, many pregnant women experience a lack of vitality and strength. They may feel tired, burned out, exhausted, and burdened by increased performance pressures. Specifically formulated for those who feel they don’t have the strength to succeed, Fatigue/Exhaustion is the prefect remedy for these feelings. It will help a woman accomplish the difficult task of labor and have a positive birthing experience. Taking Fatigue/Exhaustion early in pregnancy will help build vitality and strength for the demands of pregnancy and childbirth. Ingredients: Flower Essences of Wild Morning Glory, Bottlebush, Elm, Hornbeam, Olive, Petunia, and Wild Mountain Iris in an 8% brandy aqueous solution. Iron, protein, copper, folic acid, and vitamins B6, B12, and C are all necessary for the formation of healthy red blood cells. A deficiency in any of these nutrients can cause anemia, although iron deficiency is by far the most common form of this condition. Iron is the key ingredient in the hemoglobin molecule in red blood cells. It is absolutely essential when building new red blood cells (as when building them for a new life). In recent times, iron deficiency has become more pronounced due to our habit of eating devitalized food. Iron Rich will help strengthen a woman’s foliate and iron reserve throughout the last two months of her pregnancy and during lactation. It will also aid in building her baby’s healthy muscles, tissues, organs, and bones. Recommendation: The flower remedy Fatigue/Exhaustion is a good remedy to take with this formula. Ingredients: Yellow Dock root, Barberry bark, Sarsaparilla root, Yucca root, Beet root, Ginger root, Watercress Leaf, and Peppermint leaf in a 35% alcoholic aqueous solution. The birthing process can be one of the most beautiful experiences that a woman can have, if she is prepared and relaxed. Using Labor-Ease in conjunction with Deva Flower Remedy Smooth Birthing can dramatically improve the birthing experience. Labor-Ease contains nutrients that help relax the uterus, cervix, and all muscle tissues in the general pelvic region. This formula also aids in releasing the afterbirth and speeds the postpartum recovery period. CAUTION: We strongly recommend that Labor-Ease NOT be used before the eighth month of pregnancy. Ingredients: Black Cohosh root, Blue Cohosh root, Cramp Bark, Spikenard root, Angelica root, Beth root, Ginger root, Shepherd’s Purse herb, Valerian root, Wild Lettuce leaf, Licorice root, and African Cayenne Pepper in a 35% alcoholic aqueous solution. Nature’s Herbal Vitamin provides the complete nutritional needs for a healthy balanced body, including the normal daily requirements of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes. This is an excellent herbal remedy for those who feel tired, burned out, burdened with life or excessive performance pressure, or those who suffer from a lack of vitality and strength. Nature’s Herbal Vitamin helps individuals feel stronger, strengthening muscular tissue and helping to offset physical exhaustion. Recommendation: Taking Fatigue/Exhaustion Flower Remedy along with Nature’s Herbal Vitamin will help increase breath, stamina, and vitality. Ingredients: Bee Pollen, Carrot root, Watercress herb, Alfalfa leaf, Barley Grass, Comfrey leaf, Fennel seed, Ginger root, Orange peel, Parsley seed, Spirulina Micro Algae, Anise seed, Beet root, Clove bud, Lemon Grass, Peppermint leaf, and Rose Hips in a 35% alcoholic aqueous solution. In no other system of the body is the connection between the physical and psychological aspects of our being as apparent as in the nervous system. The structures of the nervous system are a part of the physical body, while all psychological processes take place in the nervous system. A holistic approach to herbal healing acknowledges this interconnectedness and regards nervous tissue and its functions as a vital element in the treatment of the whole being. Perhaps the most important contribution of herbal medicine can be made in the area of strengthening and feeding the nervous system. “Nervines” strengthen and feed the nerve tissues directly, so there is no need to resort to tranquilizers or other drugs to ease either anxiety or depression. Wild Lettuce/Valerian is our best nervine combination. It is ideal for pregnant women who are jittery, anxious, or nervous. Ingredients: Valerian root, Wild Lettuce leaf, and African Cayenne Pepper in a 35% alcoholic aqueous solution. Botanically known as Rubus idaeus, red raspberry leaf is prepared from organically cultivated leaf from the U.S. It is mild and calming, used to bring relief of urethral irritation and soothe the kidneys, urinary tracts, and ducts. The most common value for raspberry leaf has been in preventing miscarriage and rendering parturition less laborious. Normally, Red Raspberry alone is not necessary for most pregnant women or birthing situations, as long as the expectant mother has been taking Pre-Motherhood for a sufficient length of time prior to the birth. In some cases, however, it may be required as an additional or supplemental preparation, to make sure the birthing canal and womb are at the highest peak of functionality when birth occurs. This remedy is ideal for those who are feeling blue, down, disheartened, trapped, discouraged, or sorrowful. These feelings occur quite commonly in women experiencing “postpartum depression.” Depression/Gloom helps women who are depressed over a difficult birth or adjustment to motherhood. It helps them cope by increasing courage and driving away sorrow. This remedy enables a woman to listen to her own inner guidance. It helps create alignment between the mental and causal bodies, helping her accept the world as a positive life experience. Ingredients: Flower essences of Blackberry, Borage, Calendula, Gentian, Mustard, and Scullcap in an 8% brandy aqueous solution. Nature’s Antiseptic is very effective for infections of all kinds (both internal and external), including infections, open sores, sore throat, stomach ailments, etc. The Medicine Cabinet in a Bottle is also an excellent natural germicide for all kinds of wounds and injuries. Taken over a period of time (45 to 60 days), it is also effective in rebuilding the immune system. There are many times during a pregnancy, and a few instances during labor, when an antibiotic is required for a variety of health management reasons. When taken during pregnancy, most medical antibiotics can cause problems such as fetal abnormalities. As a result, we recommend the use of Nature’s Antiseptic, which will have no ill effects on the fetus or the mother. Ingredients: Artemesia Tridentata herb, Chaparral leaf, Goldenseal root, Echinacea Angustifolia root, Myrrh Gum, Pau D’Arco bark, Yerba Manso root, Oregano herb, Horehound herb, and African Cayenne Pepper in a 35% alcoholic aqueous solution.