Polly-Jean Five-Week Antenatal Formula

pollyjeanPolly-Jean 5-Week Antenatal Formula – US orders – 1 package
Polly Jean 5-Week Antenatal Formula – Non-US orders – 1 package
Polly Jean 5 Week Antenatal Formula – MIDWIFE SPECIAL – 5 packages for $150.00

Polly Block, a midwife, writes in her book
Polly’s Birth Book–Obstetrics for the Home:

“We have found the Polly-Jean Formula–an herbal combination that gravidas begin taking five weeks prior to anticipated date of delivery–to be a boon to the home birth movement. It assists in the following ways:

  • Much easier labor and delivery.
  • Longer and easier labors for women who tend to have precipitous births.
  • Shorter and easier labors for women who tend to have long labors.
  • Bigger dilation before discomfort arises.
  • Minimization of postpartum bleeding when taken in conjunction with the “Good Program” (the “Good Program” is explained in Polly’s Birth Book).
  • Shorter periods before lochia stops.

Other formulas on the market have helped many mothers, but over the years midwives have found that these formulas did not assist enough in preventing hemorrhage in women with borderline anemia, the Rh-negative factor, and other conditions. We found that when pennyroyal was included in the formula, bleeding continued to be heavier than it should be. We also found that black cohosh seemed to increase the normally stepped up production of estrogen, adding to the hemorrhage problem. Jeannne Johnson and I eliminated both these herbs when we developed our formula.

Midwives who recommend this formula for use have frequently reported only 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons of bleeding with the placenta separation in normal deliveries. Even in problem deliveries, only ½ to ¾ cup blood loss (considered normal) was reported. If these assessments are correct, the results of the Formula are phenomenal.” (Polly’s Birth Book–Obstetrics for the Home – pg. 155-156).

 The Polly-Jean Five-Week Antenatal Formula contains the following herbs:

  • Squawvine (Diuretic; helps to make childbirth wonderfully easy—especially when used with red raspberry leaves; good for uterine troubles, female complaints.)
  • Blue Cohosh (Regulates menstrual flow; brings on effective labor contractions; for chronic uterine trouble; leukorrhea, which is a discharge, sometimes profuse, of whitish or yellowish mucus from the vagina; and inflammation of the vagina.)
  • Blessed Thistle (Great power in purifying and circulating of the blood; strengthens the heart; lifts spirits; excellent in puberty; aids in the production of quality mother’s milk.)
  • Red Raspberry leaf (Antacid; decreases menstrual flow; soothes—doesn’t excite; mild laxative; assists in parturition.)          
  • False Unicorn (Female herbal director: balances the direction of female changes, puts functions of reproductive organs in right perspective. If fetus is malformed, or an uncorrectable problem exists, false unicorn will encourage spontaneous miscarriage in early stage of pregnancy; if all is well and some other cause has threatened miscarriage, false unicorn will change directions to retain fetus in utero to successful conclusion of pregnancy. Assists in the discharge of retained placenta and membrane fragments after delivery.)
  • Motherwort (Nervine, hepatic -for liver problems; good for suppressed urine: excellent pregnancy herb.)
  • Wild Ginger (Enhances other herbs in their action upon the system; good for diarrhea which sometimes precedes labor; prevents griping; especially good for action in lower parts of the body.)
  • Lobelia (Antispasmodic, nervine; improves oxygenation of blood; wonderful for help with pain.)
  • Wild Yam (Good to combine with squawvine; in frequent, small doses allays nausea; relaxing and soothing to nerves; one of best herbs for pain in childbirth; good for discomfort in late pregnancy; combine with ginger to prevent miscarriage.)
  • Bayberry Root bark (Astringent properties suppress bleeding; aids in the separation of the placenta; increases flow of urine; for relief of cramps when uterus is contracting; stimulates the uterus to function properly.)

This product is 400 capsules, which is a full 5+ week supply, depending on the dose you choose to take. Similar products are sold in quantities of 100-150 capsules and do not inform you that one bottle is not enough for 5 weeks, so you would end up needing to order more, possibly getting them too late. Your purchase of Polly Jean 5-Week Antenatal Formula covers your entire prenatal need.

Polly further writes on page 156 of her book:
“Six to nine capsules a day are recommended. It is recommended that dosages begin the FIRST week (five weeks before due date) with two capsules in the morning and two nightly, before meals. Increase the SECOND week (four weeks antenatally) to two capsules, three times a day.  Increase the THIRD and FOURTH weeks up to about three or four capsules, three times a day, according to individual tolerance levels. Maintain this dosage until delivery. The formula can also be used a week to ten days postpartum advantageously.”

In email contact I had with Polly before she passed away, she said I should include the following information here: “The Polly-Jean Five-Week Antenatal Formula tends to create a balance in the stepped-up hormones toward the end of pregnancy.  Over the years women have reported that they have found no better ‘female corrective’ than the Polly-Jean formula, pregnant or not.”

****** Disclaimer******Please keep in mind, as with all natural supplements, proof of their ability to do as they claim is based upon word of mouth use and not scientifically proven evidence. BirthJunkie.com and Blessed Beginnings makes no claims that this or any of our formulas are scientifically proven effective; we simply believe, based upon usage of these and other herbs over time, that the formula may help by nourishing your body’s regular functions and helping to improve your immune and body system responses. We understand that some herbs work differently on different individuals and therefore advise that you consult with a health care provider prior to taking any supplements to be assured of how they may affect you based upon your overall health and use of other medications. ******



More about Polly Block:
Polly Block was a widely known and highly respected midwife.  Midwives from all  over the United States frequently sought her counsel, because of her broad experience with special birthing techniques. She was invited by a scholar from a national foundation to assist in research on birthing customs in different cultures but home obligations prevented her from accepting that honor.

Her special interest was the effect of herbs on pregnancy, labor, and delivery of birthing mothers. She developed an extensive home nursing file, which stressed diet, massage therapy, natural food supplements, and advanced first aid techniques as the basis for preventive health care and home preparedness. She was often invited to share her data with leading researchers and practitioners in the field of home birth.

Polly was an active lecturer on the various techniques and procedures of home delivery. She lectured at a seminar for nurses and midwives at Idaho State University.

And of course Polly observed medical doctors and naturopathic physicians in the delivery of hundreds of babies.

A native of Texas, Polly made her home in American Fork, Utah in later life and focused efforts on writing. Sadly she passed away in November of 2007.

Polly’s Birth Book- Obstetrics for the Home by Polly Block.
Published by HearthSpun Publishers
© 1984 by Mattie Eula Webb Block

4 thoughts on “Polly-Jean Five-Week Antenatal Formula

    1. Charity Gregson Post author

      New website has just gone live and we are working out some bugs. Sorry! Will get to that. I think it is active in the shopping cart, so if you go to the shopping cart from another product, you should see AA in there.

  1. Melanie

    I am looking for the information that was shared on the old website about the Polly Block 5 week formula. It was very helpful to hear that others experienced much less blood loss etc. during deliveries. Please share the testimonials again. I understand that these aren’t proof of anything, but it is helpful to hear others stories. Midwife birth stories are helpful, but so are stories of the herbal supplements use. Thank you!


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