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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.”
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
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.
Here’s hoping that I’ve inspired a Royal homebirth…
(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!!”
With cosmetic-grade talcum powder having been proven to be carcinogenic, Fairy Doula has created a safe, natural, environmentally-friendly alternative.
- 1lb/450g arrowroot powder
- ½oz/14g orris root powder
- 1oz/28g slippery elm powder
- ½ tsp rosemary oil
- ½ tsp lavender oil
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.
Caring for Baby Naturally
BURNSCool with lavender or Aloe Vera
BRUISESArnica cream (not on broken skin), Arnica 6c, Rescue Remedy.
COLICSore hard tummy( baby) - Mum drink chamomile tea and massage baby belly with almond oil with 1 drop chamomile or lavender oil.
CONJUNCTIVITISYellow pussy sticky eyes Yum! Yum! Wipe both eyes with chamomile tea and eyebright using separate cotton wool balls! Or try breast milk!
CRADLE CAPDark 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 RASHRed 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 & CUTSclean with 1 drop lavender oil and water, smooth with calendula
TEETHINGScreaming, dribbling, red bottom, acid wee (oww!!), hot, hands in mouth Chamomilla 6c granules or pulsatilla 6c granules.
Blue over top lip, irritated hard tummy (baby)
Massage belly & burping.
- Fennel seeds
Preparation & dosage: bring 1 litre water to boil, add 1 oz (28 g) herbal mixture & steep 15-30 mins. Strain & drink liberally at least 1 litre daily! Can be drunk hot or cold!
Healing Herbal Wash
My second ‘Post Birth Bitz Bath’ for soothing and healing vaginal scars and stretching.Mix
- 2oz Comfrey leaves
- 1oz Shepherds Purse
- 1oz Uva Ursi
- 1oz Blue Cohash
Prepare as herbal tea except use 1oz. herbs to 1 litre water. Strain & do ‘Sitz’ (bits bath) 2-3 times daily.
A preparation for an aftercare bath to help heal vaginal tears.Mix equal parts:
- Comfrey leaves
- Comfrey root
- Ginger root
- Shepherds Purse
Prepare as herbal tea except use 1oz herbs to 1 litre water. Strain and do ‘sitz’
(a bits bath) 2-3 times daily.