LISA SYKES

Birth Doula 

Women's Mentor

Midlife & Menopause Coach

 

 AM I YOUR DOULA?

Growing a human being then having the task of landing them safely on Planet Earth is an exciting, nerve-racking and basically bonkers adventure.  My job is to be the person who supports you and your family to boldly go where bazillions have gone before even when you feel like the first.

If you are looking for a confident, knowledgeable person, with a tendency to swear, a naughty sense of humour and a heart made of marshmallow, then I might be your birth doula.  But first you need to meet me and decide how you'd feel if you found yourself trapped in an elevator with me for 24 hours...because as marvellous as my mates think I am, you might hate me...and we could be about to spend a lot of time together!

Click here learn more about how I can support you.

 
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 AM I YOUR MENTOR?

Are you stuck or lacking clarity? Are you on the brink of something but unsure how find the self belief and courage to take the next step and fly? Do you feel overwhelmed, alone or lost? Are you ready to ditch all the stories that have been holding you back?

I see you and I can help.

I want to support you to flourish personally and professionally and live as your fullest, most glorious embodiment of yourself.  To bring every aspect of your totally unique brand of fabulousness to the world then keep moving forwards and never look back.

Who is this for?

My one to one Women's Mentoring supports you through ALL of life's transitions and challenges: adulting, parenting, working, loving, living. 

Maybe you are up to your neck in the ‘deep mothering’ of younglings, parenting adolescents or adults. It's also a place of transformation. You could be at a crossroads in your professional life or have a business idea you want to see brought to life or levelled up. Maybe you don't have kids but you are stepping into a new phase or ‘midlife' and you're wondering,

'who am I? wtf is next for me? is this it?' 'how can I....?'

 

Sometimes you just need to invest in a place where YOU are held, when it feels like you’re the one doing all the holding.

If you are navigating peri-menopause or menopause: I see you and can bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to help you to find ways to step into each new iteration of yourself with confidence, self compassion, hope and optimism.

Want to know more?

Ping me a message for more on mentoring possibilities or get a brew and have a free 30 minute 'mini mentoring' session with me. 

 
 

MY SERVICES

WOMEN'S MENTORING

My Women’s Mentoring is a no nonsense, confidential, therapeutic space where I support you to find clarity and direction

To get everything possible out of this experience, you’ll need to be ready to be honest and open to being gently prodded. I'll bring masses of experience and skills from my years as a mentor, a nurturing touch from over a decade as a a doula and ideas from 20 plus years as an entrepreneur PLUS and my magical way of being able to listen...really listen...and hear things you are not necessarily saying in words. 

I have concrete first hand experience of consistent, continuous and successful transformation.

I have been there, done it, made it happen. 

Are you ready to invest in YOU?

If you feel drawn to this work but you are not yet ready to invest in a focused programme of transformation, I can support you with stand alone ad hoc sessions. These are great for working through or exploring a specific issue and gaining some clarity and direction. A fresh pair of experienced eyes and ears to help you unpack and move forwards.  The sessions are 1 hour and 15 mins and all I need you to bring with you is a willingness to be honest and open.

Are you ready to go deeper? 

If you are ready to invest in yourself in a way that will see you understand yourself on a deeper and truly transformational level, then ‘My Fullest Potential’ programme is where you need to land. You have to be ready to ‘go there’. To get stretchy. To get comfortable being uncomfortable and have the desire to push forwards into all that is possible.

Because it’s all there for the taking and I’m here to get you there. 

This programme includes a course of 8 or 16 fortnightly or monthly one to one sessions combining the best of my person centred counselling, mentoring and coaching skills, as well as tools and strategies to transform and move forwards. Unlike the ad hoc sessions you’ll also have reflective work, practical strategies, regular check ins. Plus additional access to my support between your sessions - think of this as ‘Lisa in your pocket’.

Imagine receiving personalised check-ins that are like your own bespoke podcast tailored to exactly what you need to hear. With explanations and strategies that are specific to YOUR transformational journey. You wobble and I am there. I keep you on track, moving forwards and accountable between the sessions. You've read the self-help section from front to back. You know the stuff but you don't see the change. 'Lisa in your pocket' is the difference between a gym membership and hiring a kick ass personal trainer. I can get you to where you dream of being.

 

Your investment

My stand alone sessions are 90€ / £75 / 105 USD / 385 AED per session lasting 1hr15mins.  

The investment for 'My Fullest Potential' programme is 1100€ / £940 / 1280 USD / 4700 AED for the 8 session programme plus ‘Lisa In My Pocket’

The investment for ‘My Fullest Potential’ is 2100€ / £1800 / 2440 USD / 8900 AED for the 16 session programme

plus ‘Lisa In My Pocket’.

Instalment plans and a full range of payment methods are available so nothing can get in the way of you investing in yourself except you.

Before committing to a session or a programme I invite you to have a FREE 30 minute 'mini mentoring' session with me to see if we both feel we can embark on this together. I don't say yes to everyone.

We both have to feel it.

 

Either way, I GUARANTEE you will take something away from our time together. 

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BIRTH PREP

Maybe you don't feel like someone else at your birth is your bag but you'd quite like to get your shizz together, make sure you and your birth partner/s are on the same page and have a few tricks up your sleeves. Maybe you want practical support on life with a new little human in the house!

 

I can create birth coaching and postnatal planning sessions to your specific needs whether you are hoping for a hypnobirth, want to get the epidural in asap, a planned CS, induction or something with whale music and a crystal grid.

 

My approach is all about YOU defining what a great birth looks like - sod all the self appointed experts...what do they know anyway?

Prep packages start from 850 EUROS and can be tailored to your specifications so get in touch - there's something for everyone.

360 BIRTH SUPPORT

One size rarely fits all - just as no two people are the same, everyone's ideal pregnancy, birth and early parenting experience is as unique as you are. So what I offer really comes down to what you want. Sometimes people have a crystal clear vision and sometimes just formulating the vision is something that can feel overwhelming and confusing...this is where I can help. As one client described me, I can be your walking talking birth plan. 

 

We will meet for sessions before your due date with you and who ever is important to this new human and definitely with anyone planning on witnessing their grand entrance into the world.  I will make myself fully available, round the clock for the 4 weeks around the date you're estimating you'll be giving birth and until your baby is born. After that, we will have at least one session to debrief and where tea/cake/sushi/bubbles/something with a lot of blue cheese is usually involved.

But all this is totally flexible and I can come with you to appointments, meet your birth team or help with anything else you might think I'd be useful for. What I definitely don't do is replace your midwife, doctors or other healthcare professionals. Or your partner - unless that's what you both want. I've been described by my clients as a 'FairyBirth-Mother' - someone who does everything they can to help you figure out how to achieve whatever you are hoping for and get off to the best possible start on the parenting rollercoaster.

360 Birth Support Packages start from 1200 EUROS

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DOULA MENTORING

Are you a doula looking for your own safe confidential space to be seen, heard, challenged and grow? Do you feel like you are giving to your clients and family but not to yourself? Are you ready to go to the next level in your Doula business. My mentoring through Nurturing Birth is for you.

It's hard to articulate the value of mentoring to someone who hasn't experienced it. It's about helping you to find the answers in YOU. A reflective process where you are held in an unconditional way so you can find authentic paths through your work and your life.

I have been mentored since I certified as a doula in 2010. I believe mentoring is essential. As a parent, a doula and an individual, I need and deserve a dedicated space for learning and re-learning, stretching and expanding, reflecting and listening then taking action. I want to see you do this work in a way that doesn’t only serve others - it serves you too.

Click here for some of the things my clients have said about our sessions.

 

THINGS PEOPLE SAID

Lisa is such a great person, full of knowledge, knows how to get the best out of Daddies and best of all she is a real friend to the 3 of us.

 

If I am ever asked about doulas, I always say it’s a support mechanism that will deliver 100%.  If asked about Lisa Sykes, I would always say she is the best doula I will ever know and she is a mate!

Solo - Theo's Daddy 

Lisa is straight-talking, smart, funny, clearly knowledgeable and obviously passionate about birth and supporting women. She facilitated the perfect arrival for my daughter and I am indebted to her for that. She is also extremely efficient; replying to emails, queries and phone calls very promptly. Despite obviously being in demand, she has a knack of making you feel you are her only client/commitment at that time.

Caroline & Martha

We will be eternally grateful to Lisa for making the birth of our dreams a reality. From the moment that I spoke to her I knew that she was the doula for us. She put us at ease and we enjoyed the pregnancy and birth. We did the antenatal classes with Lisa in the comfort of our own home. She provided endless support, she was only a phone call away and helped us find all the resources that we needed.

Kelly & Jack

 

THINGS MENTEES SAID

'Wow! I can't recommend Lisa enough. I am not from the birthing world but was recommended to speak to Lisa. I was in a funk not knowing which way to turn. Lisa is slowly unlocking those keys. She makes you think of things you otherwise wouldn't have, challenges you, unleashes your inner boss. She is so inspiring I absolutely love this journey I am on with Lisa. I can't recommend her highly enough and there is no one I would rather have holding my hand through this journey of life.'

‘I felt the session exceeded my expectations. Lisa is very intuitive, a very good listener and within our session managed to pinpoint my fears/worries/concerns so clearly...I felt very heard...Lisa really helped me create my own steps and in doing so boosted my confidence in knowing I already have the skills I need.’

‘I was looking forward to the call as always but I felt even better than expected afterwards. Part of me was telling myself that because I am not currently supporting families I don’t qualify for this mentor call but I now know that’s ridiculous and it’s exactly what I needed. I felt heard, understood, clarity and a weight lifted off my shoulders. The level of heard that makes you burst into tears because I had been holding in the overwhelm and pressure on myself.’

 

‘I can really feel and see that Lisa is listening to me when I speak, and she kept a structure to the conversation without me feeling like she was guiding it in one particular direction.’

 

‘In fact Lisa identified something about me that I hadn’t really thought about myself and it was so spot on and I felt so understood, that I started to cry.’

 

‘It helped me to organise [my challenges] in my mind, and become clearer about what they are, rather than feeling a general unease and confusion about how to proceed.'

 

'I would just like to say a big thank you to Lisa, I was buzzing with excitement after our session. Lisa really helped me see lots of things more clearly and I feel more focused going forward.'

'I left the session feeling that the blocks to making progress that I had been experiencing were lifted, and motivated to get cracking again!

'I think as a doula we all face challenges but somethings seem harder until said out loud, from our session I already feel lighter and things that were niggling at me feel heard and understood and I was shown how I can overcome them.'

 

'I really loved how Lisa took what she heard and felt and reflected it back to me and added layers that I was thinking but perhaps not able to articulate.’

 

‘I felt that Lisa really felt my passion and that came across in both of us. It was really refreshing to talk through my thoughts in such a safe place, knowing and feeling supported.’

 

‘I just loved my session and I loved how much I vibe with Lisa as a person. I really feel that our relationship and her guidance and support will be such an asset to my work as a Doula, and even as a person.'

Click here for videos of Lisa and the Nurturing Birth Mentors talking about doula mentoring 

ABOUT ME

I am a British mother of 3 and a certified doula who has been supporting birthing families since 2007. I train and mentor doulas from all over the world with Nurturing Birth and was nominated for 'Doula of The Year 2019' at the MaMa Awards.  I ran the European Doula Network for 3 years and have supported dozens of families and every type of birth across the UK, France, Switzerland and the UAE: LGBTQI+ folks, inter-racial couples, Muslim families, Single Parents and hetro 2.4 children types! Born London but raised in Yorkshire, I'm an animal lover, collector of waifs and strays, social media addict and leather goods enthusiast. I am massively in to women's wellbeing through menstrual health and menopause empowerment. I'm love running (slowly), cycling up hill, gym-ing and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (don't judge). ​

I am accepting in person clients in Paris and the western suburbs and online mentoring and birth prep anywhere the world clock allows! 

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Je suis DOULA et non SAGE-FEMME:

Je ne pratique aucun acte médical et ne suis pas une thérapeute. Mes prestations sont complémentaires de celles des sages-femmes

ou des médecins et ne se substituent pas à un suivi médical par un professionnel de santé.

Je n'accompagne pas les mères ni les couples qui n'ont pas organisé de suivi médical régulier tout au long de la grossesse et en vue de l'accouchement par

une sage-femme ou par un gynécologue obstétricien.

Je ne peux en aucun cas être présente ou envisager ma présence à un accouchement sans la présence d'une sage-femme ou d'un médecin.

Je travaille à chaque fois aux côtés des différents intervenants médicaux.

Pour info: Article L4111.1 du Code de la Santé Publique