Super Secret Birth-Broth Recipe

It’s time to spill the beans on my Super Secret Birth Broth recipe!

The joke among me and my friends who are medical birth professionals is that during a slow birth, they often think and epidural and oxytocin is the answer, while I often think, “Hmmm, maybe she just needs chicken broth and a nap!”

The birth-broth recipe is a trick I learned while at a birth with an Italian family once upon a time, and I’ve made it an almost routine part of my practice as a doula during long births.

While during early birth I encourage clients to eat as normally as possible, there is often a point in the birth where women no longer have huge appetites for nourishing meals. The Birth Broth recipe is an almost fool-proof way to sneak some protein and electrolytes into a birthing woman if she needs nourishing energy but doesn’t really want to eat!

Photo: John Loo

Photo: John Loo

What You Need:

  • 2-3 Eggs
  • A litre of organic chicken broth, or homemade bone broth (pre-made or store bought!)




Organic chicken broth or homemade bone broth

Organic chicken broth or homemade bone broth


  • Whip up the eggs and fry them, as if you were making a really thin omlette or frittata
  • Once cooked, cool the egg and then cut up into small squares
  • Mix the egg pieces into a warm pot of chicken or bone broth


Best served warm, but also may be eaten cool.



For other ideas of foods to eat during birth, see the article written for us by a former student from theĀ Institute of Holistic Nutrition: Labour Foods


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  3 comments for “Super Secret Birth-Broth Recipe

  1. Gloria Lemay
    May 15, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks for posting this, Jessica, I’ll share it with my online student midwives.

  2. May 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Stracciatella! We ate this growing up in an Italian family <3

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