The Birth Coach
AM I YOUR COACH?
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 coach. 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!
360 BIRTH SUPPORT
One size rarely fits all - apart from that one time in Dubai Mall where I had to apologise to a sales assistant who convinced me into a pair of knickers that looked like they should be on my 11 year old daughter and they only bleedin' fit me! But what I offer really comes down to what you want. As a minimum, I like to meet at least twice 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 also make myself fully available, round the clock for 4 weeks around the date you're estimating you'll be giving birth and we have at least one session after 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.
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. I can create birth coaching 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?
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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
I am a British mother of 3 and have been supporting birthing families since 2007. I mentor new and experienced 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 I have supported dozens of families and every type of birth across the UK, France and Switzerland. I'm an animal lover, social media addict, leather goods enthusiast and proof that not only men having middle life crises can end up spending too much on cycling gear.
I am now accepting clients in Dubai, Sharjah & Ajman.