Established to help provide information and support to enable women to make informed choices and feel strong and empowered.
My name is Lisa and I am a fully recognised Doula UK birth doula and trained with Developing Doulas. I am a member of the Calderdale & Huddersfield Maternity Services Liaison Commitee and have undertaken various study days with notable figures in the birth and parenting world such as Michel Odent, Patrick Houser, Naomi Stadlen and Oliver James.
I became a doula to care for and support women and their partners and family members at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives. I want to help women make informed choices and understand that they have the right to make decisions about their body and their baby. I believe birth is a sacred and deeply spiritual event and my aim is to help women look forward to their birth and labour, relishing their whole experience from start to finish.
Having had 3 children, 3 different experiences in 3 different settings (hospital induction, Birth Centre and home births) I have a broad range of personal experience. I know the emotions involved when you go past your due date and are induced. I understand how that feels physically and emotionally. I have had an assisted birth, an epidural and used pethadine and entinox. I have also used a birth pool, ‘Hypnobirthing’ and aromatherapy during labour. I know what it is to reflect on your birth and feel negatively about it. I know how it feels to be determined to have a different experience the next time and how it feels to doubt you can really achieve it. I want other women to experience the overwhelming feelings of validation and empowerment that I feel and which come with achieving the birth and labour you thought you could only dream of.
I have planned a home birth and I have helped others to understand that it’s a perfectly safe place to have a baby. Yet I also have a passionate belief that the most positive birthing experience is where the mother is at her most relaxed, at home, hospital or otherwise. Professionally, I have supported births at home and in hospital, VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) also at home and in hospital, inductions, Caesarean sections, unmediated births and births with epidural anesthetic.
Birth can be a time of mixed emotions for those closest to an expectant mother. I recognise the importance of offering support and help to partners during their own journey towards and beyond the start of this new and precious life.
Should you choose me as your doula, I will take time to get to know you and your family during our preparation sessions. It’s essential that we feel relaxed and at ease in each other’s company, so this will be some of the most important time we spend together. I will help you to document your ‘Birth Preferences’ if required and will be available for birth preparation and reassurance when ever you need it. I will answer questions and help you feel as supported, secure and relaxed as possible as you move towards your special day.
I will be on call for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from 38 – 42 weeks. When your birthing day arrives I will be constantly available on the phone until you are ready for me to join you. Unfortunately the nature of our busy maternity system means that you and your birth partners will be unlikely to have met the staff who attend you in labour let alone built a relationship that enables them to understand your hopes and wishes for your birth. Shift changes may compound this too. I will remain by your side, a familiar, trusted, continual, calm source of encouragement from the moment you call. I am also here to support fathers and any other birth partners. I will also provide them with practical support and help encourage them to participate with confidence at what ever level they feel comfortable. At times during labour emotions may be running high and I will remain calm and objective for you all. I do not give medical advice nor do I undertake examinations or perform any other clinical task and I cannot make decisions for you, however I will protect your birthing experience so that it remains an intimate and sacred moment for you both. I will only leave at your request, once your baby is here and you feel happy, settled and ready to start your new life together. If you are planning a home birth I will clear everything away, empty and clear away your birth pool, dress your bed with fresh linen, make drinks and snacks and generally ensure that all you and your family need to do is enjoy your new baby.
I am a Breastfeeding Mother Supporter with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers and breast fed my youngest two children until their first birthdays. I formula fed my first child from 6 weeks so I can provide support on your chosen feeding method. I have my own ‘La Bassine’ birth pools and equipment that my clients can use (free of charge) for home births or to labour in comfort at home before moving to their preferred birthing location. I have used cloth nappies and can help provide information on baby wearing and baby led weaning. I am a registered ‘BabyCalm Teacher‘ offering antenatal workshops, parenting courses and colic workshops. I always keep up to date with the latest information and developments in relation to pregnancy, birth and caring for babies and children. Being a doula is a natural extension of my love of learning. I never stop educating myself and I pride myself on my open view of the world.
I am incredibly proud of my reputation as one of the most well known and respected doulas in the UK. My clients and colleagues speak highly of me and are regularly booking to have subsequent babies with me as soon as they find out they’re pregnant again. Most of my clients come from recommendations by other families who I have supported. Please take a look at some of the things my past clients have had to say about how I helped them.
If you are looking for someone to help you believe in your abilities, to help you achieve the best possible birth experience and realise your own potential as a woman, then I hope I can help.
I care for families within approximately 1 hours drive from my home in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. We are just off Junction 25 of the M62 and this includes much of Yorkshire, Humberside, Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire.
If you are unsure if you are within this area, please drop me a message via the Contact Lisa page.