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I have learned so much from my own postpartum experiences. My son’s birth brought me nourishment and support through the loving care from my family and community, which allowed me to focus on being a new mom. Six years later when our first 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. Then, 10 years later, our second daughter brought the opportunity to deeply embody all I have learned as a mom and postpartum caregiver. 

Working with new babies and their families for over a decade, I have seen a wide range of experiences. I hold space for it all, honoring both the joys and the struggles. My approach incorporates the traditions of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine, especially in the food I prepare. I hope that my presence will allow you to feel the abundance around you when you are in your birthing year. Nourishing, plentiful food contributes immensely…as does having a mentor with whom to discuss everything postpartum!

The first years of our lives set the stage for all that follows- it’s the time we learn to trust, and make sense of the world. I love hearing how new parents tell their stories, and helping you grow and learn as you go. 

I live in rural Western North Carolina with my husband and 3 children. I love geeking out on local food, hiking in the mountains I call home, reading and spending time with those I hold dearest. 

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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. 

Molly Rouse,

Postpartum Doula, New Parent Guide, 

Postpartum Chef, Mother

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