Hello, I'm Molly!
I hold 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 am a certified Postpartum Doula through DONA International (2009).
I believe that every family has a unique journey, and finding what works for them is key to the growth and happiness of all members.
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.
My childhood was pretty dreamy. Beautiful mountains, a community of artists, musicians and thinkers surrounded me and I had a loving family. My mom stayed at home with my twin sister, Hannah, and me until we were 14 and she became a Montessori preschool teacher. My dad is a glassblower and musician whose studio is next to the house; we could drop in at will to say hello, get warm next to his furnaces, or decompress while watching the molten glass spin on the end of his blowing rod. We never had a TV. This beginning has led me to have a deep sense of stability, identity and belonging as I have created my own family and worked with other growing families.
I became a postpartum doula after teaching Cultural Anthropology at the college level for a few years, and becoming a mother myself. My community and family held me in such loving care after our son was born. As I met other new moms, the lack of support in their lives confounded me. I started researching other cultures’ practices and was struck by how devoid our society is of support for mothers and children at this crucial beginning. I had to do something about that, and worked with many families over the following years.
Four years later, I birthed our daughter and had a very different postpartum experience. Life was much busier; my husband had just opened a large business the month before, we had a kindergartener, the baby had digestive issues, my sister had moved away, and I thought I could be super woman and hold it all together on little sleep. I didn’t allow myself to rest. 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. One friend describes a stew I make as “a hug in a bowl.” I love that! I think 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 mother guide, and chef for new families is the perfect work for me. I look forward to sharing my gifts with you.