molly geisler, cpm, cd(dona), CLC, BS
Before becoming a Certified Professional Midwife, DONA International Certified Doula, and Certified Lactation Counselor I worked within a variety off different non-profit organizations. With each change of job I became closer and closer to focusing on holistic health, women's reproductive rights, and more. Eventually I learned more about the roles of a midwife and doula and I have been in the birth world since then and created "Down to Earth Birth." I use current research, timeless natural birth wisdom, and personal experience to support families through the process of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. I like to support clients in having the experience they want by equipping them with information and options. I am passionate about client-centered care, holistic health and wellbeing, and social justice. I aim to cultivate compassion, non-judgement, and mindfulness while providing prenatal, birth, postpartum, and newborn care. I love to see babies born into a loving environment and feel very grateful to be part of the process. Each baby has a special place in my heart and I deeply enjoy building a positive relationship with the families I serve.
My experience with pregnancy and birth spans from observing in Uganda to actively supporting the process in homes, birth centers, and hospitals with clients in New England as well as within the Amish community in Pennsylvania. In 2018 I spent 5 weeks working as a midwife within refugee camps in Greece.
In my free time, I love cooking, outdoor activities like biking and swimming, traveling, writing, working on side projects, stand-up comedy, and more! When I can, I contribute research articles to the Midwifery Matters journal publication. I have had many homes in California, Ghana, Seattle, India, and New Orleans and I currently reside in Somerville of the Boston area.
I hold a BS in Psychology and Anthropology from Santa Clara University, am trained in yoga by The Yoga Centre in Mumbai, and maintain CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation certifications. And lastly, I proudly work through the Pettaway Pursuit Foundation to offer prenatal and postpartum doula services to low income women and families in the Boston area!
Emily bowler, cpm
I was a teacher for eight years in New York before my official entry into the world of birth work. As a health educator, I researched and taught about pregnancy and birth every semester, and it was always my favorite unit. I was further inspired when I had the opportunity to attend the births of my nieces and nephews, and I decided to train as a birth doula in 2011. It was on the last day of training that I found out I was pregnant myself and started the birth journey on a much more personal level. I stopped teaching when my little one was born and moved to Massachusetts shortly thereafter. While I was busy figuring out motherhood in the following year, my thoughts returned to professionally caring for women and families in their childbearing years. I started up my Boston doula business in early 2013, and quickly became acquainted with nearly all the area hospitals and the amazing birth community here. While working as a doula, I also completed my schooling as a Certified Professional Midwife and began teaching a home birth centric childbirth education class. I feel so honored to work with such amazing clients through one of life's most meaningful transitions!
Molly and Emily will be partnering for their support of doula clients beginning with due dates in August 2018 and beyond. Emily offers midwifery services and childbirth education in addition to doula services. Read more about Emily here!