These are a selection of comments from grateful clients:
“DEAR Alison, just a short note to say what an incredible help you were when Francesca burst into our world a full month early. As soon as you were able to reach us you made such an incredible impact, something I will always remember. You turned what could have been a very unsuccessful breastfeeding story into a very successful one.
Not only did you teach us both what we needed to do, you transmitted confidence and calm; this is what I think made the real difference. You wanted us to succeed as much as we did, and that was just wonderful.
So thank you from the three of us, but especially from Francesca, who now is not only putting on weight, but also thoroughly enjoying feeding directly from her mama. Much love.”
Kate mother of Francesca, born Sept, 2018
“ALISON has been an enormous support to both me and my husband in the lead up to the birth of our first child.
She has been patient, calm and kind, and she is a brilliant listener – not to mention her endless knowledge and experience. She has recommended books, websites and other useful literature yet we have never felt judged by our own choices or guided down a particular path that’s not right for us.
Alison is totally open-minded and has supported us every step of the way so we’ve not felt overwhelmed by our pregnancy and have been able to enjoy it knowing that she’s there for us if we need her.
I have been booked in for a Caesarean section due to circumstances out of our control. Despite this not being my first choice and my initial disappointment, Alison has turned it into a totally positive experience …she laid out options to us we didn’t know we had and helped me write a new birth plan so I felt like I’d taken back complete control of my upcoming birth experience.
My husband and I will be forever grateful to her for her support and guidance through this unique and special time in our lives.”
Pip, mother of Polly, born at UCH 3rd December, 2018
“DEAR Alison, thank you so much for your assistance over the past months. With our own family on the other side of the world , you have not only been a reassuring and helpful presence, but like a perfect surrogate family member. It’s been wonderful for me to catch up on much-needed sleep (for sanity!) and know that Hugo is being well looked after and entertained. Also, your advice on a myriad of topics has been so helpful. We’ll definitely miss you! With thanks and love.”
Victoria, mother of Hugo, born July, 2018
“ALISON really understood how important it was for my husband and myself to have a more positive experience with our second child. Her input at the birth plan meeting in the hospital made a real difference to help ensure I got the best possible outcome.
Every decision I made where I asked for her support, Alison considered incredibly carefully and she offered alternative ideas when they may have been helpful to me.
Alison has a wonderfully calm presence; she is considerate and respectful. I would particularly recommend her to another woman who is planning a more high-risk birth as, in my case, Alison endeavoured to ensure I had all the best information to choose a birth to suit my wishes.”
Laura, mother of Mustafa, born at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
“I just wanted to say thank you again for all your help towards the end of last year with my twin girls. I am happy to say that after your initial support with my breastfeeding I was able to breastfeed the girls up to seven months of age – a lot longer than I ever expected I would be able to do!
Thank you so much, Alison, for all your help, for being so wonderful with the girls and a great support to me. You made the first few weeks of motherhood a lot easier, calmer and more manageable than they would otherwise have been.”
Maureen, mother of twins, Lauren and Eden
“ALISON was reliable, trustworthy and very kind. I felt like an adopted daughter by the birth of our baby. I would happily recommend her.”
Deborah, mother of Boaz, born at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington
“ALISON checked on our baby’s supplies and made sure we were very well equipped. She explained every stage of labour to us and prepared us for different scenarios. She helped us with the birth plan and she explained consequences of various pain-relief options for the birth.
She was very kind to lend us some educational DVDs about breastfeeding and she made sure that my husband knew how to help me during the birth, and made him feel comfortable.”
Joanna, mother of Noah, born at the Royal Free Hospital
“MY husband and I can’t thank Alison enough for helping us through the first two weeks of what was the hardest few weeks of managing our newborn twin boys.
Alison is a calming presence; she supported and looked after us in those early days where we needed to learn everything from scratch and also feel reassured we were doing a great job.
Those first few weeks with twins is exhausting, but Alison gave us the confidence to get through it and somehow managed to make us great lunches, help us keep the house in order and soothe the boys to sleep so we could nap.
I loved being able to breastfeed both boys and got through those first hurdles with her championing me the whole time. I’m still feeding them on the boob today (nine weeks in right now)!
We loved how she nurtured the boys for us. I loved getting a cuddle too….it meant a lot and I really needed them. “
Kyrenia and Kyle, parents of twins Aden and Jakob, born 2017
I remember coming home from the hospital in the afternoon and you coming to us two hours later. I still remember the feeling of relief knowing that I could ask you about everything that was on my mind. But, most importantly, that evening you sat next to me and showed me how to breastfeed in a comfortable way that both Noah and I enjoyed…..you gave us so much support.
From preparing lunch, making sure I would drink enough, to doing laundry and taking Noah our for a walk so I could get some sleep, you exceeded my expectations of having a postnatal doula for our little family.
Your knowledge about breastfeeding is incredible and I definitely benefitted from it.
I remember feeling very emotional for the first weeks and I could always be 100 percent honest with you; you always took the time to sit down and talk to me and I never felt like you would judge me in any way. I will miss having you around and will forever be thankful for your support …and for the love you have given to Noah during your time with us.”
Friederike, mother of Noah, born Sept, 2017
“ALISON, you have been an invaluable source of encouragement, knowledge and support, combining professional experience and an extensive knowledge with a deep empathy and genuine concern for the wellbeing of all involved. It is not easy taking a stranger into one’s home but you are such easy company and so calm, reassuring and genuine that it never felt like that.
Going back to work was not easy for me, but knowing you were there helping Stefi and Carlo when I couldn’t, made it less of a strain.”
Chris, father of Carlo, born at UCH
“Hi Alison, just wanted to say thank you so much again for helping us get Arlo started in the world. It was an absolute life-saver having you in the early weeks.”
Laura, mother of Arlo, born March 2016
“FROM when my husband and I met Alison we felt very at ease but also confident that she had the knowledge and experience to be exactly what we wanted and needed.
Her antenatal visits were extremely helpful at making me feel positive about the birthm something I never thought I would feel.”
Laura, GP mother of Conrad, born UCH birth centre
“WE chose Alison because she is a mother and a grandmother. I felt totally relaxed with her from the very first moment I met her. She was always contactable by phone and email for any questions or problems I had; as this was my first pregnancy I was very apprehensive about giving birth.
Alison reassured me and with her birthing techniques I felt totally relaxed about the birthing experience – enough so that when I went into labour I felt calm as Alison had gone through how I would feel when it started.”
Stephanie, mother of Joshua, born at UCH
“ALISON, I want to make sure you know how grateful we all are and that you take our most heartfelt thanks with you into the new year. I feel like a new person and I am coping with the usual baby challenges far better and in a much calmer way, thanks to your patient support and kindness.
I have learned a huge amount from you: best ways to hold and comfort Aria, how to manage and adapt breastfeeding and how to enjoy the bond that is strengthening every day.
From Nav’s perspective, I can see the palpable relief on his face when we’ve had a tough night but he knows you’ll be arriving at 9am to lift the strain from me and to let me sleep some more.
Both my parents have commented on and are delighted by how much better I look and sound. They explicitly want me to pass on their thanks!”
Hannah, mother of Aria, born 2015
“IMMEDIATELY after giving birth, Alison helped me to breastfeed my baby. It was very effective and I was able to feed him for ten minutes right after he was born. I am very thankful she was there.”
Jessica, mother of Oliver, born UCH birth centre
“Alison, I was initially undecided whether or not to engage a doula, but after such a positive birth, I think it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. I particularly benefitted from your deep experience and pragmatic approach – always willing to offer good advice, very supportive of my choices but always leaving the decision to whatever I thought best, without comment or judgement.
The birth was a very positive experience for me. Thank you again.”
Emma, mother of Millie, born at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital
“Neither baby was latching on and we were all exhausted, very emotional and I was already doubting that I would be able to cope. Alison had both babies feeding in no time and she helped us organize all the baby equipment very quickly. We were up and running in a very short time.
Alison is great company and I felt I could talk to her about anything, which, as a first-time mum, was very important to me.”
Helen, mother of twins Francesca and Luca, born 2012
“ALISON’S knowledge, kindness and care was invaluable in those early weeks. She helped me with everything from tips for caring for Arlo, my domestic needs, shopping and, most importantly, she took Arlo for walks so I could catch up on sleep. She also cooks a lovely cottage pie!
I would have no hesitation recommending her to new parents – her dedication, natural bond with babies and calm energy was incredible and gave us the confidence, emotional support and help we sorely needed.”
Laura, mother of Arlo, born 2016