When Marie qualified as a midwife she was one of the youngest in the U.K…Marie quickly discovered that most expectant parents felt confused over what to pack for their newborn, often bringing chemical-ridden products with them into hospital so she decided to do something about it. Marie Louise now designs and manufactures pre-packed changing bags with organic, safe essentials for labour, birth and the first 24 hours of a newborn baby’s life. Thereafter the British made bag is to be used as a changing bag and comes with an organic changing mat and stroller straps.
It’s wonderful to interview Marie on the blog:
Describe a typical day for you?
Well to be honest all my days vary massively as I still work as a midwife. When I’m on nights, my day starts about 1pm as I work from 20:00-8:30 so bedtime is 9am. When I work for myself, I’m up by 7:30am and I start the day by simply thinking about all of my achievements and what I’m grateful for before getting out of bed. Being a midwife and entrepreneur is hard work so starting the day off with a good mindset just helps me stay focused and positive. The day’s activities vary from attending fun events and networking to boring number-crunching or pulling apart company logistics, depending on what the business needs so all day are different.
What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
Qualifying as one of the youngest midwives in the U.K… It took so much dedication at 18 years old to stay focused as all my friends at uni were out drinking most weekends and partying whilst I was delivering babies. I grew apart from my 18 year old mates because to them I was boring but I knew I was going places. I was saving lives and helping women grow humans safely. I completed the course by the age of 20 and my parents cried with pride at my graduation; life had already exceeded my expectations.
I also walked into a meeting with John Lewis buyers with nothing other than a sketch and my determination to make a difference to expectant parents. I somehow managed to impress and get a second meeting. Walking out from that meeting gave me a feeling I have never felt before. I wasn’t only a midwife anymore. I was on a mission to create change via a product and John Lewis wanted to hear it. I walked out a midwife entrepreneur.
What’s in your handbag/ satchel?
The book Business for Punks by James Watt. I’ll be honest, I struggle with being CEO of a company at times but he’s just phenomenal and straight-talking so I have highlighted sections for times when I just don’t know how to tackle serious problems within business. (Geeky I know)
What are your ambitions in life?
I know that what I know has the ability to change peoples lives. I hope to be known within the maternity industry as an expert and for mums to have a safe place to refer to for clinical advice via Kit and Kin and my own company MLM.
What do you wish you’d known at the start of your career you now know?
You Vicky! You are truly an inspiration to me and I am really looking forward to reading your book in May. We need more women like you.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Continuing my work with Emma Bunton and Kit & Kin and being the face of midwifery for the U.K. There’s some very exciting opportunities coming up and I want to make changes within the industry to better protect newborn babies.
What advice would you give a budding midwife and ambassador?
Being a midwife is about women-centred care and to be a good midwife, you have to ensure that women make informed decisions. Education is the key to achieving this so spread your knowledge as far and often as possible. Start a blog and talk about what you know because you have the power to change peoples lives and the internet makes it so much easier these days!
Finally, happiness is…
Helping others and making my family proud. It sounds cheesy and cliché but it’s true. If I have helped someone through a difficult time or if I leave someone with a happy memory, that brings me the ultimate happiness alongside seeing my parents smile when I give them good news.