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Lara’s Bubble Blowing Marathon

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in News

I’m blowing bubbles to raise money to buy bereavement libraries to assist with the care and support of local families who have experienced stillbirth .

My son Angel Benjammin was stillborn 2 and a half years ago, and Mel’s ‘Towards a tomorrow Together’ memory box helped me so much!

I would like to assist in raising funds to create bereavement libraries in our local birth units, The John Radcliffe and Chipping Norton, to help and assist mothers and families through this devastating experience.

Also… Bubbles are beautiful, and make people feel happy!

The bubble marathon will be held at Gloucester Green market, from 6 am till 6 pm on the 10th of November 2016.

Please come along, bring bubbles, join in, donate, celebrate and show your support.

You can also donate towards the cause here, on my Just Giving page. Any contibution will make a difference, no matter how small.

All my love, Lara xxx

 
Lara's bubble marathon

Blowing bubbles for Towards Tomorrow Together, because Bereavement libraries help mourning families.

Please suppport The Princess and the Poo European Book Tour

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in News

So I’m planning to take my book, The Princess and the Poo, on a European book tour. Any donations towards this tour will be gratefully accepted! My plan is to share the message that natural childbirth can be free of fear and restriction, and a joyful, peaceful experience for mothers, fathers and babies everywhere.

The Princess and the Poo by Lara Fairy Love and Jenna Andreotti

Our Mission

The first mission was to travel to every school in the British isles and to read the story to them, create a play, and generate discussions with the children that will lead on to more education and empowerment about childbirth. We didn’t go to every single one but we did go to A LOT!

The next mission is to go to the places that the book has been translated in: Spain, France, Holland and Germany, and to do more workshops there!

The way that we give birth and the way that we are born are defining factors in how we evolve as humane human beings! To educate our next generation so that they give birth to our grandchildren in love and peace is the pathway to really creating peace on earth! Peace on earth begins with peaceful birth.

What We Need

To create this book tour we need travel costs! Each country has a host where we can stay and our food will be sorted . Our work will be voluntary and all funds will go towards getting to each place and making sure as many books as possible get read and seen by as many people as possible!

The Impact

To give birth in peace, joyfully and lovingly is every human woman’s birthright! To be born in peace, held lovingly in your mothers arms, free from abuse and harm is every human’s birthright!

In this modern age we are fortunate in this country to have so much, and to have progressed so far, however the ceaserian secton rate is going up and the homebirth rate is going down.

Homebirth is safe and cost effective and could be utilized by up to 70% of the population saving our ailing NHS a lot of money! it costs £800 for a homebirth and £2000 for a c section!, at the moment our homebirth rate is 3% and could change drastically if we only educated ourselves and our children about birth properly!

In an age of TV drama birth is always depicted as an emergency and our children and ourselves have grown to see birth as something abnormal and terrifying, instead of an amazing life changing extreme physical process, filled with love!

Oxytocin ( fast labour in Greek), the hormone responsible for the birth process, and the opening of the birth canal, is only secreted when the body is relaxed and calm, as soon as there is fear the body switchs to creating adrenaline, the closing fight or flight hormone. Just this simple knowledge is changing hospital birth protocols all over the world but if the women giving birth are still terrified because of the tv and lack of education then she will still need a lot of medical intervention to birth her baby.

Educated empowered birth is only going to happen if we educate and empower our selves and our children. Please help me start this process ! Peace on earth begins with peaceful birth! We will change this world one birth at a time!

To buy The Princess and the Poo in paperback, or in epub format, to read on your handheld device, please visit Lulu.com.

Love, Birth, Sex & Chocolate Weekender 2016

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in News

   

love-birth

Join us in the beautiful Alpuharran mountains of southern Spain to soak up three days of self-love!

Red tent circle, wedding basket sharing, drum journeys, Mexican birthing chocolate, Rebozo massage, Tantric energy raising meditation and loads of Glorious Goddess Goodies!

Love, Birth, Sex & Chocolate Weekender

The Love, Birth, Sex & Chocolate Weekender will be held at the Da-a-Luz Holistic Birth Oasis, Orgiva, in the Alpujarra region of Andalucia, Spain.

Dates: 20th-22nd February 2016

Cost: £150 (camping and food included)

Contact Lara at saarrukaa@yahoo.co.uk”

 

Only 7 spaces left, so please book quickly!

 

Independent Midwives Protest in London

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in News

Protesters campaign to maintain the provision of independent midwifery in the UK outside the Houses of Parliament on March 25, 2013 in London, England. New EU regulation will mandate that midwives operate with insurance, however no insurers in the UK are willing to extend cover to independent midwives, which will potentially lead to its abolition.

(March 24, 2013 – Source: Oli Scarff/Getty Images Europe) http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/ZDzjvCPgWox/Independent+Midwives+Protest+London/iqDehBpsTJ_

Midwives Protest 25th March

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in News

Choose your Midwife, Choose your Birth!

Please support the march in London on the 25th March! We will be protesting at the Houses of Parliament to retain the rights of women in the UK to choose the midwife they want.

Independent Midwives

In the Cambridge Times

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in News

The Fairy Doula is in the papers again!

Kate Middleton’s birth adviser? Fenland author wins royal approval for unusual pregnancy book

Story by: ROB SETCHELL, Reporter

Thursday, March 7, 2013 2:12 PM

Meet Lara Stockbridge – author, fire-breather and self-appointed birth adviser to the Duchess of Cambridge.

Lara Stockbridge shows off her book and the letter she received from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Lara Stockbridge shows off her book and the letter she received from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The mother-of-two, from March, Cambs, published an unusual, rhyming book about pregnancy last year – and it now comes with royal approval.

That’s because she has received a letter of thanks from Kate Middleton and Prince William after she sent them a copy of The Princess and The Poo.

Miss Stockbridge put her own spin on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic The Princess and The Pea in an attempt to “take the fear out of childbirth” and encourage home births.

The 39-year-old, who writes under the pen name of Lara Fairy Love, said: “A lot of people are terrified of having a baby and all you get taught through the television is that birth is a trauma. The thing about being terrified is that it makes childbirth really hard – it can actually be an amazing experience and that’s why I wrote the book.”

Read the full story on the Cambridge Times website

Lara Fairy Love in the Cambridge Times

Royal Approval for The Princess and The Poo

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in News

How over the moon was the Fairy Doula to receive a letter from the Palace! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrote to tell me that they were ‘very touched’ by my gift of a copy of ‘The Princess and the Poo’… and the Oxford Mail have published the story :)

Fairy Doula in the Papers

Royal Baby – Don’t be too posh – or scared – to push!

A writer from Oxford has received royal approval for her unusually titled book about pregnancy.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sent a letter of thanks to Lara Fairy Love after she sent them her book The Princess and The Poo.

Read the full story here

Get your copy of ‘The Princess and the Poo’ by Lara Fairy Love and Jenna Andreotti here


Here’s hoping that I’ve inspired a Royal homebirth…

The V. Short Pregnancy Guide

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Birthing Stories, Uncategorized

(Written to Calm, Relax & Reassure! Honest!)

Being pregnant – lets be honest! Is very strange! O.k. maybe not all the time but on average mostly you feel very different. More different than you’ve ever felt before!!

Tired? Irritable? – Eating fresh raw foods in small amounts. Seeds bean sprouts, dried fruit – raises your blood sugar then irritations with people & stuff melt away! Honest!

Feeling nauseous? Steer clear of fags & booze!! Drink ginger tea /beer!!

Confused at your inability to “hold it down?” the extra hormones you get on your period (y’know the ones that make you irrational, psychotic, weepy etc) you get the same ones when you’re preggers only 80 % more! Your chemical make up has changed by ¾!!!! No wonder you feel different!!

Lying / Bathing quietly in the sun & water for an hour a day allows your brain & body to relax into this totally new state of being- Maiden to Mother, Flower to Fruit etc!!

Stiff? Full of achy bits? Your body’s ligaments & tendons soften during pregnancy so that your pelvis can tilt & make the birth canal a straight run for easy birthing!

That’s about it for the first three months (trimester).

In the middle 3 months you usually settle into pregnant life, being amazed at your abilities of taste & smell & sleeping!! You could have a renewed burst of energy & confidence as you see you’re your body start to change no longer do you just feel preggers now you’re starting to look it! Rubbing nut kernel oil onto stretchy bits makes it less likely that you’ll get stretch marks! Walking helps you exercise the calf & thigh muscles needed for physical active labor!

The third trimester 6-9 months is pretty good. The home strait! You feel pregnant, you look pregnant! Comfy seats, free food, shopping carriers, breakfast in bed, pampering, massages, etc. all these things & more are yours to command!!! So surround yourself with people who recognise that you are doing the best job in the world so that they treat you & your bump accordingly!

Drinking Raspberry leaf tea strengthens your uterine muscles so that they are able to squeeze out your baby! Tastes good too!!

Basically, thinking & planning how you want to feel & where you want to give birth, who you want to be with you & most importantly how you want to walk across the bridge from pregnancy to motherhood will ensure & empower you to give birth in the way that you know you can!!

“It’s called labour because it’s hard work!!”

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