Get to know me
My experience and my values
Hello, I'm Luisa Ricci Wise and I am a Nurturing Birth doula. I am a half Italian, half English mother of 4 and stepmother of 3 from Haslemere, Surrey. I had my first child at 24 and my last at 41, so I have experienced being a younger as well as an older mother. I speak Italian, French and Spanish, graduating with a 2:1 BA (Hons) degree in Italian in 1997, and I’m also a Reiki 1 practitioner.
Ever since I was a child, I have been drawn to all things 'motherhood'. I come from a family of medical professionals, including my aunt who was an independent midwife for 60 years. Through her example and my own pregnancies, I have learned and experienced first hand how compassion, education, and empowerment can make all the difference to a person’s experience of pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal care. I began a degree in midwifery in 2005 as I felt this was my calling, but I soon realised that becoming a doula was a better fit for me. I wanted to ensure that the people I supported were fully informed and in control of their care, and I didn't feel I would have been able to offer this as a midwife, bound by protocols and policies. All too often, birthing people are told what is going to happen to them, and what they will be 'allowed' and 'not allowed' to do. My objective is to hand back the reins to those giving birth, so they have the confidence to make their own choices after having explored the evidence based information available.
My spare time is largely spent with my family. I enjoy spiritual practices such as oracle and angel tarot card reading and meditation, and I like to sing, particularly with my eldest daughter. I also enjoy walking - it’s good for clearing the mind!