I am almost 36 weeks with my 4th baby. I have been induced with my 3 previous, for various reasons, one really high blood pressure, the next I was 42 1/2 weeks and failed 2 NST's, another because of of just being plain uninformed and gave into a nagging OB. I do not have the funds to pay for an out of pocket home birth, though that would be my dream and my insurance will only cover an OB. I do have a wonderful Dr this time though, and have talked to him about natural induction methods, specifically EPO and the tea. He agreed to let me try, but said it probably wont work, and didnt have any idea how to administer it. I have really bad braxton hicks with my last 2 pregnancies and am just looking for something that will allow my cervix to open up and allo wtrue labor to start, as I dont want to resort to pitocin again. How effective are these at what I am trying to accomplish? When should I start? What dosing? How often to drink the tea? And I have heard alot of people recomend putting th EPO right on your cervix, how do I get it up there? I can't even reach my cervix, let alone have all the oil rub off before I am able to get that far back? Thanks in advance, sorry I have so many questions about this but I cant find many reliable resources.