Liz Hougham

Brighton based Sussex Doula & Antenatal Teacher

Testimonials

Doula Testimonials

Cath: Liz was absolutely amazing at my birth. From the moment she arrived things became much more relaxed and fun. The whole way through I felt in really safe hands because she was there. It was like having a really good friend at the birth, which is a great idea if you’re having a home birth. You don’t get to pick your midwife so it’s a real luxury to know you’ll have someone at the birth who is guaranteed to understand you personally.

 During the birth Liz was totally ahead of knowing what was going on. She was able to keep time of all the contractions whilst still being there for me in every sense. She knew how to speed things up or slow things down, but left everything to me, ultimately, to decide how I wanted the birth to progress. Having Liz there made things brilliant. 
 
Simon: Liz is a total birth expert. We hired her because I couldn’t imagine anything bad happening at the birth if Liz was there. She was really supportive and put in loads of work building up to the birth as well as at the event.
Cath and Simon, 2014
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“I hardly dared dream that I would get the amazing home birth I did with my second baby, Charlie. It was one of the most intense and empowering moments of my life and I will never forget the inspirational women that were there helping me. Liz was a rock in many ways and I can’t imagine anyone better to have supported our family: she spent time before the birth with both my husband and my 3 year old daughter and seemed to have a very intuitive sense of each of our needs. My daughter loved her, which meant on the day of Charlie’s birth Lily was really relaxed and happy with everything going on; Liz took such good care of her as well as me. She is very experienced and really knows her stuff – the midwives, the hospital, the home birth team – and was a great listening post throughout my pregnancy. In fact she was like my bag of worry dolls – I could hand it all over to her! I cannot recommend Liz highly enough. As a woman, as a mum and as a doula, she is just lovely and we feel very lucky that we found her. Thank you Liz x”

Amy, 2014

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“I don’t believe I’d have coped with my birth experience without Liz as she enabled me to stay feeling in control and capable despite my initial plans for a home birth with pool fading into the distance as we sailed past my due date. On consultant advice I was admitted to hospital and after four days of failed induction and finally a requested C-section, my beautiful baby boy was delivered. But, regardless, it was a good experience because Liz, with endless patience (understatement!), helped me talk through my options at every stage, kept me confident, calm and happy; was my advocate, my friend, hand-holder and constant supporter. She enabled me to stay true to myself and feel empowered at a time when it would have been easy for the hospital to have taken over. Thank you!”

Michelle, 2014

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We would all like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your role in the birth of Penny. Your support was absolutely exactly what we needed and enabled us to achieve one of the most beautiful and incredible experiences of our lives. For me, your physical support was critical – you massaged me through every contraction – and it really made SUCH a difference. Not only did it alleviate the physical intensity of the labour, which was undoubtedly massively helpful, but it also provided me with such comfort and reassurance. It was exactly what I needed and it wasn’t even planned, which shows how intuitive you are as a doula! Your verbal encouragement was also so helpful to me and to Henry. You were right behind me all the way and I could really feel that. To have you there and be able to ask for your opinion, as someone far more experienced that we were, helped us both to feel really safe and relaxed. Penny’s birth was really mind-blowing. I actually really loved it and I’m just so happy that you were there to share it with us! You are a special lady and we feel very lucky that we found you. 

Thank you so much. With very much love Bea, Henry and baby Penny xxxx 2013

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Its going hard to find the words to thank you for your support during the labour and birth of our beautiful boy. You were so incredibly strong and you knew exactly what to do to help us at every moment, from filling the pool to fully supporting M in every way. And when things got tough your presence was part of something very special despite the challenges. Your voice in my ear made sure I knew exactly what was going on and that I was as empowered as possible. I will never forget how you helped us. All our love and thanks xxxx  C.G. and M.Y. 2013

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I literally cannot recommend Liz enough as a doula. During my first birth I had all the drugs I could get my hands on, I didn’t like the after effects of them at all, so I wanted to go the opposite way for my second birth. But this meant I was pretty anxious (and so was my son’s dad!), up until Liz stepped in as my doula. It took the heat off the father of my son(s) and she gave amazing support and encouragement to us both. She helped me get to appointments, helped us in making decisions about care and understanding my options, which aren’t always easy to make when you’re in labour or have just given birth. I got exactly the birth I wanted, water birth, no pethidine, no epidural and most of all no judgement!  She turned the thing I was fearing most in my life into an absolutely amazing experience. As far as I’m concerned, every pregnant woman should have a doula. And of course, that should be you Liz. Keep up the amazing work. Xxxx Sarah 2013

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I feel like we have had an amazing shared experience even if it wasn’t the most perfect one – you helped us so much that there are only positive associations: I found your presence so comforting, you mean so much to all 3 of us! Tara 2013

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Thank you for all of your support, knowledge and warmth, both during our NCT course and especially during our labour. It would not have been such a positive experience without you there. Rachel 2013

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I could not have done it without your amazing support!!! You are an angel!! Any lady is a very lucky lady to have you as her doula. Catherine  2013

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Thank you for all your incredible support during my induction and for the birth of our beautiful daughter. I can’t say how good it was to have your help, support and advice through a potentially stressful (but really worth it!) experience.  Charlotte and Steve 2013

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Thanks for being my doula. It would have been a different story if I had not had you with me x x thank you for all your help and support x Penny 2012

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I’m in awe of your strength, knowledge, love and support. Helen (Penny’s birth partner) 2012

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Thank you so so so much for all your support, you were amazing. With love from us three. Imogen, Huw and baby Arianwen, 2013

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Feedback from my Antenatal Classes

Overall the course was superb…just brilliant. It went above and beyond anything I had expected and I can confidently say that I feel better equipped for the coming weeks/months/years. I felt the emphasis on dads as well as mums was spot on and Liz always ensured that we fully understood the content and found time to explain things further if required. She created a fun environment for us to engage in conversation. Liz, you were brilliant. You clearly have a passion for childbirth and this shone throughout the sessions. Your expert knowledge and patience created an environment in which we could collaborate, share fears and make friends. Thank you!!!! Dan, 2014

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We are so glad that we decided to book the NCT course and feel lucky that we had you as our teacher. Your information and willingness to answer every question no matter how small meant that we both feel so much more confident about what’s ahead. S.F 2014

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Firstly thanks so much Liz, it’s been an absolutely fantastic experience! Guy and I are feeling much more confident and knowledgeable now and we really were clueless before! Sophia and Guy 2013

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I wanted to let you know and thank you for such an amazing preparation to this, I felt very reassured and calm thanks to all your advice and Paul remembered everything you taught us, he has been amazing. Vero and Paul 2013

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The course has been better than I anticipated – Liz has  been fantastic and I feel its prepared me beyond what I had expected it would for labour and early life with a baby.  Sam 2013

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Liz was ace and set a really relaxed and friendly tone whilst also being an amazing teacher. Liz rocks!  Robbie, 2013

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Liz was fantastic, had superb knowledge and was very easy going.

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Liz was fantastic and clearly passionate about childbirth.

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Liz inspires confidence.

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Liz is engaging, friendly, well informed, enthusiastic and confident – inspiring!

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Liz has been absolutely brilliant – so passionate and she explained everything really well.

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I feel we could ask anything and get an honest answer yet not be judged.

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Liz helped us feel more in control of what is about to happen, and more relaxed too!

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Liz is willing to go the extra mile to research and answer any question – however obscure.

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We really liked Liz’s positive and upbeat style. Very non-judgemental and open.

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Liz was very approachable, friendly and supportive.

Many thanks to everybody who has contributed to this page.