The beginnings of Mother Rising started long before I, Lindsey VanAlstyne, became a mother. In fact, when I was a little girl I always knew I was supposed to help mothers have babies. As an adult, once I became educated on natural childbirth and doulas, it became clear what I was supposed to do – help mothers have babies!
I began attending births at the age of 25, before I became a mother. It was one of the few things in my life that made perfect sense. It was as if I was destined to be a doula.
Mother Rising began after I had my first child, and was a big part of making the leap from working in the corporate world to doing what I was called to do. Locally, I spent my time attending births as a doula, and a midwife’s assistant, but I also began teaching childbirth classes.
I learned so much from all these experiences and becoming a mother myself. I learned that birth and becoming a parent was transformative, pivotal, and life changing. I also learned that there was an element of mystery in birth, a part of it that was unknown and could not be controlled.
I learned that there was more than one way to have a baby, and how to compassionately walk with parents through the unknown. I learned tips, tricks, and how to get through the really tough stuff of birth. I also realized that motherhood should definitely not be done alone.
Eventually I had a second and third child, and in the meantime poured out everything I had been learning on Mother Rising. I never held back, but wrote what I thought would be the most helpful for new moms all over the world.
I hope that through Mother Rising you will have a healthy pregnancy, a natural birth and a happy postpartum.
IMPORTANT: Don’t worry though, even if your experiences don’t match your expectations (does life ever really do that??), I teach compassionately and with wisdom so that you’ll rock whatever comes your way.
Mother Rising’s mission is to help women have a more informative, empowering and compassionate journey to motherhood.
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