I always love learning about someone’s childhood, the period of time when they learned how to make sense of the world. The first years of our lives set the stage for all that follows. When I was small, my dad often said that I should be a child psychologist because I loved younger children and also loved listening to conversations and stories from people of all ages. Instead, I became an anthropologist, then a postpartum doula.
Working with new babies and their families for a decade, I have seen a wide range of experiences. My own postpartum experiences were very different from each other. I was focused and able to receive loving care from my family and community after the birth of our son in 2007; I felt nourished and supported. Six years later when our daughter was born, life was much busier and I thought I could be super woman and hold it all together on little sleep. I got mastitis four times, and struggled with postpartum anxiety. I found new avenues of support through both Eastern and Western treatment modalities.
This contrasting experience has deepened my belief in the importance of support for new families.
I have always loved to cook, and in the last few years, I have learned more about nurturing postpartum families through food. I am most influenced by the wonderful ancient postpartum protocols from the traditions of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. It is so important to feel the abundance around you when you are in your birthing year, and nourishing, plentiful food contributes immensely.
Acts of service and gifts of quality time are the ways I show my love. Being a postpartum doula, new parent guide, and chef for new families is the perfect work for me. I look forward to sharing my gifts with you.
Molly holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Carleton College in Northfield, MN (2001); an MAA in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park (2005); and a certification as a Postpartum Doula through DONA International (2009). She trained with Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Uma Thompson in 2016, and with Author/ Midwife/Artist Pam England as a Birth Story Listener in 2017.