Things about me…
that makes me, me!
Getting to know someone for me is really important, so here is a little about me…
My heritage is part Italian, German and British with a real sense of Italy being home.
I have two children who are mirror images of myself and her partner, not in looks but character. The world is a happier place when I think of them.
Our Labrador dog is exuberant, joyful and huge. I often refer him to as my third child! He makes the family of four complete.
I’m drawn to nature, to open spaces, and to travel. In those I am free.
You will always find me in flat shoes so then she doesn’t miss a beat!
So much of me is about memories, feelings and helping people achieve.
I’m never far from a camera, I see the memory I want to capture before my eyes and as I click, it is frozen in time to be cherished at another time.
I believe in challenging our boundaries or at the very least giving ourselves the opportunity to try.
Invigorated and full of “can do” can only help a positive or healing outcome.
The book called “The Secret” was a lightbulb moment for me.
Erika was an amazing source of comfort during my labour. She has a gift that can not be put into words, she encouraged me and helped me believe in myself. I would recommend her to anyone and often mention her to friends when discussing childbirth as an extra expense that is worth every penny.
My favourite meal is lasagne filled with home-cooked ragu and love, just like my amazing Nonna used to make.
I am deeply nostalgic: images and smells are evocative of a time and an experience for me perhaps even of a previous life.
Many images in the family home she grew up in are in drawers and albums but always accessible.
The smell of a newly blossoming Gardenia plant is heaven! I have no choice but to close my eyes, feeling weightless and free.
My passion to travel comes from spending time away from the UK and first flew when I was a week old!
I often feel happiest when travelling a guilty pleasure of mine.
Erika was a positive and calming presence in the labour experience. She was available whenever needed but I never felt she was ‘in the way’ or there when we needed space. She rubbed/massaged my back during contractions and helped M to do the same (as it was I preferred her to do it!). She encouraged us both to eat, gave positive advice, let us feel able to be ourselves during the whole time. Our faith is central to everything we do, but I did not feel uncomfortable to pray, listen to worship music or generally do anything some people might feel was strange. With Erika around – it felt like an old friend! When I was birthing she encouraged and believed in me when I had given up believing in myself. She helped M when he was worried about me and that in turn helped me. She took photos for us in a non-intrusive way. M said that she helped him to understand what was happening. She did much more than the above as well but it’s all a bit hazy! I had to have an additional procedure after the birth, so whilst M held our son, Erika held my hand and supported me whilst I cried. After such a long and tough labour it was the support I desperately needed and I can honestly say she was just as much support as if it had been my mum or sister.
I am a birth photographer and doula for sentimental couples in the U.K., and would love to hear from you!