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‘I used Babydust to choose the sex of my child like Danielle Lloyd – and it worked’

‘I used Babydust to choose the sex of my child like Danielle Lloyd – and it worked’
Last November, ex-glamour model and footballer’s wife Danielle Lloyd gave birth to a baby girl, Autumn Rose. The celebrity mum-of-five was desperate to conceive a girl after sharing “four boys is hard work.” To make her baby girl dreams a reality, she decided to use The Babydust Method with her husband Michael O'Neill. Amy Walker,…

Last November, ex-glamour model and footballer’s wife Danielle Lloyd gave birth to a baby girl, Autumn Rose.

The celebrity mum-of-five was desperate to conceive a girl after sharing “four boys is hard work.” To make her baby girl dreams a reality, she decided to use The Babydust Method with her husband Michael O’Neill.

Amy Walker, 36, used the same method to try for a boy after having four girls.

She lives in Folkestone, Kent, with her plumber husband John, 37, daughters Abigail, 16, Isabelle, 14, Olivia, 10, Amelia, four, and one-year-old son Teddy. Here, mum Amy shares her rollercoaster journey…

Danielle Lloyd gave birth to a baby girl after using the Babydust Method

Danielle Lloyd gave birth to a baby girl after using the Babydust Method

Clutching the confetti-filled balloon, I walked through the front door to be greeted by our four daughters, who were waiting excitedly for us to get home from the baby scan.

When they saw the balloon was filled with blue confetti, they jumped up and down with joy. At last, they were getting the brother they had hoped for. John and I were excited, too, but also amazed that the Babydust Method we’d tried had actually worked – I’d conceived a boy.

I didn’t grow up wanting a big family. I wasn’t even sure I wanted children. But soon after meeting John when I was 18, I had a miscarriage.

Losing a baby was heartbreaking, but it made me realise I did want children and a year later, when I was 19, our daughter Abigail was born. We loved being parents and wanted more babies. I was lucky enough to have Isabelle in 2007, followed by Olivia in 2011.

Stillbirth tragedy

Having three girls was great, but John and I both longed for a son too. So when we found out we were expecting a boy in 2016, we were thrilled.

The births of all my babies had been straightforward but a few weeks early, so I wasn’t surprised when I went into labour at 34 weeks.

Mum Amy suffered a tragic stillbirth before conceiving Teddy

Mum Amy suffered a tragic stillbirth before conceiving Teddy

I was given drugs to stop it but it turned out the placenta was beginning to fail. When I went into labour again a week later, a catalogue of errors were made – including a decision to delay the Caesarean by four hours. The result was that our much-longed-for boy, Harry, was stillborn.

When he was handed to me, he was perfect in every way with lots of dark hair and beautiful chubby cheeks. He looked as though he was sleeping – but of course, he wasn’t. He had never even drawn a breath. We were both devastated and I struggled to cope.

We arranged a funeral in the little country church where John and I were married and the girls were christened. We buried Harry in the local crematorium after a service I can barely remember because I was in such a mess.

Amy and John had four girls and craved a boy

Amy and John had four girls and craved a boy

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The hospital admitted negligence and I threw myself into fundraising to help other parents who had lost a baby to stillbirth. I managed to raise enough money to fund six cuddle cots, which allow parents to spend time with their stillborn baby at home – something John and I hadn’t been able to do.

We talked and realised we’d still love to have another child, not to replace Harry but because it felt right for our family. A week before what would have been Harry’s first birthday, Amelia was born. We were now a big family but we couldn’t help thinking there was something missing.

John loves his girls but he longed for a little boy to take to football and do other father and son things with. So, we decided we’d try one last time to have a boy, fearing that we’d regret it further down the line if we didn’t.

Because I wanted to increase my chances of conceiving a son, I searched the internet for help. There was lots of information but I felt sceptical about it, thinking there was no way it could work.

The Babydust Method doesn't guarantee the sex of your choice

The Babydust Method doesn’t guarantee the sex of your choice

But a Facebook friend had been successful using the Babydust Method, so I bought the book and it seemed to make a lot of sense. The method involved tracking when I ovulated and having sex at a particular time of the month. We had nothing to lose by trying. If it didn’t work, we’d still love the baby, whether it was a boy or a girl.

“You just tell me what to do and when!” John said.

There were no rules to follow about what to eat or drink. And we didn’t tell family or friends what we were doing in case they thought we were mad. We’ve always been very open with the girls about sex being part of a loving relationship.

There are a lot of us, sleeping at different times, so we didn’t have any problems where we had to sneak off for sex in comedy moments. The method was easy to follow and I got pregnant quickly.

John and I nervously went in for the gender scan at 14 weeks and I couldn’t believe it when the baby turned out to be a boy. Babydust had worked for us!

Teddy has been welcomed by his sisters

Teddy has been welcomed by his sisters

When you’ve lost a child at birth there’s never a moment when you feel the baby is safe, so I was nervous throughout the pregnancy. But on 7 January last year, I went into labour at 34 weeks, had a Caesarean and baby Teddy was delivered safe and well.

Our family is complete

John was first to hold him and we cried with relief that he was OK. It was bittersweet because he looked so much like Harry.

We brought Teddy home five days later and he soon fitted into our family. His sisters adore him. He’s a year old and crawls around pretty quickly. At this rate, he’ll soon be playing football!

Our family’s definitely complete now – and we’re a very happy, big family. There are no guarantees the Babydust Method will give you the outcome you desire, and you definitely shouldn’t try it if you aren’t prepared to love a child no matter what the gender. But it worked for us.

What is the Babydust Method?

Based on the book by US scientist Kathryn Taylor, women use ovulation predictor kits to track when ovulation – the moment an egg is released from the ovary – occurs. Sex is specifically timed depending on whether you want a baby girl or boy.

Babydust suggests timing intercourse depending on your chosen gender

Babydust suggests timing intercourse depending on your chosen gender

Model and TV personality Danielle Lloyd, 38, who wanted a girl after having four boys, credits Babydust with helping her to conceive baby Autumn Rose, who was born in November 2021.

I cried with joy when they said, ‘It’s a boy!’

Nicole Dunn, 41, lives in Oregon, US, with her husband Aaronn and children Amethyst, 24, Ariadne, 22, Aievery, 18, Alorah, 14, Aevyn, eight, Azrael, six, Aleina, five, Archer, three, and Anilene, 16 months

I was 16 and pregnant with my first daughter Amethyst when I met my future husband Aaron. We’ve been happily together ever since. Aaronn always joked he wanted nine kids. I’d laugh and say he was crazy!

Nicole and Aaronn have nine children

Nicole and Aaronn have nine children

We adored each of our daughters but longed to have a son, too. Sometimes I felt a failure because there’d be no one to carry on Aaronn’s surname. Aaronn didn’t mind but when I read about The Babydust Method on a Facebook group, we decided to try it.

We agreed that if it was another girl, we would accept that we weren’t meant to have a son. For three months I tracked my cycle, taking dozens of ovulation tests, sometimes in the middle of the night. On the third month of tracking, I got pregnant.

The genetic test at 10 weeks, to determine if there were any abnormalities, also showed I was expecting a boy. Result!

The couple have welcomed another baby girl since Archer's birth

The couple have welcomed another baby girl since Archer’s birth

The pregnancy went smoothly and when Archer was born, I heard his cry and when they said, “It’s a boy!” I sobbed with joy.

The first time I held him, he reached his hand to my face and I melted because I remembered when I had my first kiss with Aaronn and he did that too. It seemed so right. I just held him in disbelief and wonder. And Archer was also born on Aaronn’s birthday, the best gift ever!

Archer is three now and protective of all his sisters, and very loving. I did have one more baby, a girl, and Archer adores her. I’m still friends with other women who used the Babydust Method and people ask for tips. I really believe it works. Our big family is fun and loud – and always feels like a party!

The Babydust Method: A Guide To Conceiving A Girl Or A Boy by Kathryn Taylor is available on Amazon, priced at £12 in paperback.

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