Birth Fairy



393031_615216111825378_939832184_n - Version 2In the story of sleeping beauty, there were 13 fairies in the kingdom. When beauty was born, her parents, the King & Queen, had a party in celebration. They invited everyone in all the land including the 12 Fairies. The 13th fairy was not invited as she was known to cause trouble and they wanted this party to be a peaceful and harmonious event.

During the celebration, all the fairies approached the cradle and bestowed beautiful gifts and talents upon the young baby. However, before long, the 13th Fairy arrived and she was not happy! She was hurt that she had been left out, forgotten and neglected, so when she approached the cradle, she placed a curse on Sleeping Beauty, that when she turned 18, she would prick her finger with a needle and die. Everyone was horrified, what a terrible thing to befall this beautiful child. Luckily the 12th Fairy hadn’t yet given her blessing to the child and while she could not undo the curse, she could weaken the effects of it. Instead of the girl dying at the age of 18, she would fall into a deep sleep that could only be broken by true loves kiss…

When we speak of the 13th fairy in childbirth, we are talking about the surprise event, the unwished for situation, or unplanned experience, that may arise in labour. It can look like anything, it may be that the birth fairy comes along and during the course of a perfectly natural and healthy birth, decides to just up the intensity a bit,  so perhaps it’s more than you were expecting. She may throw in a complication that ends in a caesarean birth, or she may even wave her wand and bring your labour and birth on so quickly, you don’t even have time to get to hospital, if that’s what you were planning.

You never know when the birth fairy may turn up at your birth and while it is impossible to be aware of every path that birth could take, it is beneficial to know that birth can be unpredictable.  When you understand that birth is a women’s mystery,  a rite of passage, an initiation, an unknown with no guarantees of the outcome, then you can be prepared, prepared to do whatever needs to be done next, for you and your baby.

The Birth Fairy reminds us that there is no recipe to follow to get the “perfect birth”.  There is only what’s next, what is the next best thing that you can do.  When you know this, then you also know that you can’t fail in birth, there is nothing that you can do wrong, there is only the next best thing, followed by the next best thing, in whatever way your birth journey is unfolding for your personal initiation into motherhood.

In Beauty




Kahuna Massage Specialist * Civil Marriage Celebrant * Shamanic Practitioner * Rites of Passage Facilitator Shekinah Leigh runs her own business on the Gold Coast providing Kahuna Bodywork, Sacred Ceremonies, Shamanic Energy Healing and Rites of Passage programs. Integrating her chosen paths of Hawaiian Shamanism, Native American Medicine Teachings and the Ancient Yogic Traditions, Shekinah holds a strong and safe space for transformation & healing to take place at a deep & cellular level. “I have learned that it can be through embracing our darkest nights and greatest fears that we experience our greatest gifts…”

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