My name is Molly Lawney and I am the sole proprietor of MotherTend. I have always loved mothers and babies, and in 2012, I decided to turn that passion into a career path by pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in Maternal & Child Health from Boston University. I also decided to turn that passion into a lifestyle in between my last couple of semesters, by having a daughter of my own in June of 2013.
Becoming a mother during my MPH studies gave me an entirely different perspective as to the needs of mothers and families. Through my coursework and my own experiences, it became apparent that there is an enormous gap in the care of mothers during the postpartum period. Between weekly obstetrical checkups and childbirth classes, pregnant mothers receive quite a bit of attention leading up to their child’s birth. Once that baby is out, however, aside from one or two postpartum visits, the focus shifts entirely to the new baby. Many mothers and partners are left asking themselves, “Now what??”
While new mothers centuries ago had abundant support from family members who taught them everything from breastfeeding to babywearing, our parenting culture results in many mothers and partners feeling isolated and confused. There is plenty of information available on the internet, but unfortunately, there is also plenty of misinformation. On top of this, you are expected to determine what is right for your family when you are likely exhausted and possibly also in pain.
I started MotherTend because I feel that mothers cannot learn to properly care for their new babies unless they, themselves are cared for. My expertise in perinatal health, certification in Lactation Counseling, and background in exercise science allow me to provide evidence-based advice for parents about babycare, breastfeeding, and postpartum fitness. I am here to help, I am here to listen, I am here to bear witness as you grow from new parents to confident parents.