Lives in: London W14
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Hammersmith & Fulham, Shepherd's Bush, Kensington & Chelsea, Chiswick, Wandsworth, Putney, Earlsfield, Paddington, Pimlico, Kew, Brentford, Richmond, Acton, Mayfair, Westminster, Egham
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Hello and congratulations on your exciting news! Whether you’re about to be a new parent or are in those early days with your new arrival I’m sure you feel really excited, and maybe a little bit nervous. That is so normal. Being a new parent is ten times more wonderful than you can ever imagine, but it’s also ten times harder.
My name is Lise (like Elise without the first ‘e’) and I am passionate about all things to do with birth and parenthood. I’ve had several careers over my lifetime, I was a chef at a renowned restaurant, I trained and set up a bi-lingual Montessori school outside Paris, amongst other’s jobs, but the job I’m most proud of, and the one I found most fulfilling, was being a mother. I am the mother of two incredible children, Aimee and Luciano, who are now all grown up and at university, and I’m married to an amazing Italian, Vittorio.
The reason I’m a doula is because I believe that you are powerful. You just need the support, information and empathy to do what is best for you, your birth and your life as a new parent. I try to provide the best research-based information for my clients, and that is why I’m a professional member of Evidence Based Birth. I believe that knowledge is power, the better informed we are the better we are able to make the decision that is right for us, as well as constantly learning how to support and nurture new parents with empathy and an open heart. I believe that parents should be confident in the quality of care that they can expect from a doula, and that is why I’m a member of Doula UK.
From our initial meeting all the way through your pregnancy and birth, I take the time to get to know you, your concerns and your needs, to make sure you are fully informed and know what to expect, and discuss your birth preferences, so that the birth is uniquely yours and you feel in control. Together we will look at anything that may be worrying you, and together we will find a way to overcome them. You are unique, and your journey will be a uniquely personal one. The most important person on your birth team will be your partner. I can teach them tools and exercises to support and comfort you, so your partner feels useful as they play their irreplaceable role in birth.
When you get home with your new baby, and maybe your partner is back at work, you might feel all alone, and maybe overwhelmed. You have done an amazing thing and you deserve support, be that emotional or practical, or both. I can support you to take care of yourself, so that you can be the best you can for you and your new baby. If breastfeeding has been a bit of a challenge, I will do all I can to help you through (even if you have done this before, baby hasn’t!) If you need to sleep, I can look after your baby so that you can rest. If you are feeling insecure about baby care, I can be by your side, supporting you to get confident. If you need me to watch little siblings so that you can have some quiet time with your baby, I can be there for you. I can be your extra pair of hands. Sometimes what we need most of all is someone we can talk to, bare our heart to, someone who will listen with empathy; I have open ears and an open heart.