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Kate Middleton chooses her midwife and chooses her birth

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in News

At the beginning of the year I sent the British princess a copy of ‘The Princess and the Poo’ and an inspirational letter about midwives, natural birth, hypnotherapy and water birth… Was delighted in May to hear that Kate was considering hypnobirth. According to sources who talked to Grazia, “Kate has researched various birthing methods. She wants it to be natural, so hypnobirthing is one option that appealed and she has been reading up on it and listening to CDs to get into the right frame of mind. Some of her friends have used this method and swear by it. Kate wants to do it her way and to be relaxed.” Then even more chuffed to hear she had put a water birth on her birthing plan!

Royal Baby born safe and well

Kate chose her own midwife and chose her own birth – and wouldn’t you know, she did it all with no complications! A healthy baby boy was delivered at 16:24 BST at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, weighing 8lb 6oz. Fairy Doula sends her warmest congratulations to the Royal couple and love to the new baby. And of course, fairy kisses and kudos to Kate for taking control over her birthing experience!

 

It’s a boy! Royal baby delivered safe and well :)

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_

The Princess and the Poo British Isles Book Tour Fundraising Drive – Please Help!

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in News

front coverMy plan is to take my children’s book ‘The Princess and The Poo’ on a countrywide tour of primary schools, to create a generation of children who are not afraid of birth. I’ve have created a forum theatre piece to tell the story and am seeking to raise funds for travel expenses. Click here to view my fundraising page, where you can read more about the book tour, contribute if you feel able and find other ways in which you can help. contribute now

PLEASE share, like and donate! All donations appreciated no matter how small!

Peace on earth begins with peaceful birth. We are the ones we have been waiting for. Fairy love and kisses, Lara xxxxxx

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…

Make your own Baby Powder

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in For Baby

With cosmetic-grade talcum powder having been proven to be carcinogenic, Fairy Doula has created a safe, natural, environmentally-friendly alternative.

Ingredients

  • 1lb/450g arrowroot powder
  • ½oz/14g orris root powder
  • 1oz/28g slippery elm powder
  • ½ tsp rosemary oil
  • ½ tsp lavender oil

Method

Put all ingredients in plastic bag with air! Seal & shake! Open bag & let out excess air, reseal, let stand for 1 week.

Put in shaker jar & use.

Baby First Aid

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in For Baby

Caring for Baby Naturally

BURNS

Cool with lavender or Aloe Vera

BRUISES

Arnica cream (not on broken skin), Arnica 6c, Rescue Remedy.

COLIC

Sore hard tummy( baby) - Mum drink chamomile tea and massage baby belly with almond oil with 1 drop chamomile or lavender oil.

CONJUNCTIVITIS

Yellow pussy sticky eyes Yum! Yum! Wipe both eyes with chamomile tea and eyebright using separate cotton wool balls! Or try breast milk!

CRADLE CAP

Dark dirty looking stuff on baby’s head. DON’T PICK IT! Bathe the baby in bath with 1 tsp sweet almond oil & 1 drop each of lavender & chamomile ( or chamomile tea bag)

NAPPY RASH

Red spots which can sometimes bloom instantly into a big red sore dry patch where they wee! Make mild chamomile tea to wipe bottom with1 use calendula cream – leave nappy off! DON’T PANIC!

SCRATCHES & CUTS

clean with 1 drop lavender oil and water, smooth with calendula

TEETHING

Screaming, dribbling, red bottom, acid wee (oww!!), hot, hands in mouth Chamomilla 6c granules or pulsatilla 6c granules.

WIND

Blue over top lip, irritated hard tummy (baby)

Massage belly & burping.

Disclaimer

Information on this website is not intended to provide diagnosis or prescriptions. It is an informational guide to help you better understand your body, your health, and some of the natural medicines available to you. Keep in mind that while plants are not drugs they can be very powerful, and their effects cannot be guaranteed as they vary from woman to woman.

The remedies, recipes and advice on this website are based on the personal experiences of the authors, however they cannot be held responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the use of these treatments. If in doubt please do not hesitate to consult an herbal practitioner, midwife, naturopath, physician or gynaecologist.

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