Today we’d like to introduce you to McLean McGown.
Thanks for sharing your story with us McLean. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I suppose that most of what I have experienced throughout my life has informed the way that I show up in my life today, no matter what my role. Whether I am working as a Motherhood Coach, Postpartum Doula, Loss Doula, Nutritionist, Yoga/Meditation Teacher. Mom or Wife…my intention is to Serve from a place of love, honesty, support and flexibility.
I truly believe that our life challenges and wins give us ample opportunity to do the deep work on ourselves so that we not only clear out what we need to release for ourselves but also for our families and communities. There is much healing available to us all. To give a brief snapshot of my past…I grew up in Nashville, TN. Dancing and riding horses. My mother introduced me to yoga and Pilates as a teenager, which catapulted me into a life of being intrigued by “alternative” healing modalities, diets, spiritual practices, etc. My mother has always been a huge pioneer of looking outside of the box and for that I am eternally grateful. I went to a very progressive school, Hampshire College, where I created my own major intertwining science, dance and meditation. Here I took my first class on Birth and Midwifery (#hippieschool) which introduced me to the book “Spiritual Midwifery” and Ina May Gaskin. I was intrigued but that was it. I then moved to LA in my twenties to act. I really never thought that I would stay here for long but here I am 15 years later. I met my husband at a Buddhist temple and we have two magical daughters- 2 and 8 years old.
Years passed and it was the birth of my first daughter that got me onto the path of a Doula. I sought out midwifery care, took natural birth classes, hypnobirthing, hired a birth doula and was hoping for a birth center birth but ended up transferring to the hospital in the end. I had what many would consider a “good” experience (compared to other more gnarly stories) but I felt quite traumatized by my experience. I loved my baby with every ounce of my being, breastfeeding was going well, I lost all of my pregnancy weight within a couple of weeks and I was back into life a few days later. Now I know this was all way too fast!!! And it caught up with me. It is a long and nuanced story to tell but the nutshell of it was that I realized there was a massive lack of help AFTER you have the baby. And it took me years to fully heal and sleep. All of the classes, resources, time and energy go towards the birth, the “main event”. But the REAL STUFF happens when you are home alone with your newborn, trying to figure it all out by yourself during the middle of the night. As a society, we lack the respect that is due for new mothers. The transition from maiden to mother reaches beyond the scope of words and I made it my mission to support women through this journey. Wherever a woman is on her Motherhood journey, I support her through meditation, reiki, nutrition, consulting, breastfeeding education, prenatal and postpartum education, couples help, Abhyanga, healing Ayurvedic food, vaginal steaming, yoga/Pilates to name a few.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been the road. My road. I never set out looking for it to look one way. I live my life by showing up authentically and following what lights me up.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
My business is called MOTHER THE MOTHER and it encompasses many different healing modalities and practices to support a woman’s journey, no matter where on the continuum she falls. I love babies, I love families but my main mission is to help the Mother heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. The Mother is the true head of the household. Her energy affects everyone and everything in the home. Her mental and physical health is paramount. It is a massive responsibility to become a mother. It is relentless and exhausting and so rewarding. My goal is to support women as they figure out how they want to mother. I am here to guide and give advice as the “expert” but ultimately I put my faith in the fact that the mother knows best. Mother and child have a Soul contract and no book, expert, author, Dr., clergyman, healer, shaman…knows better. I love working with an expectant mother to help her deepen her connection to her own intuition so that she can trust herself in the decisions she makes regarding her child and child rearing decisions. I am most proud of my track record for helping women soar as they walk into Motherhood. I remain close with most of my clients and I take this work seriously. It is my dharma or calling in this lifetime. I feel that having a very strong spiritual practice and being of service from a place of love, humility and years of experience helps set me apart from others.
What were you like growing up?
I was an only child to my parents. So I have typical only child traits- plays well alone, quiet, can roll anywhere, comfortable around adults, inquisitive, perfectionistic, loyal, etc. I rode horses everyday and did ballet throughout my childhood. I was pretty happy but definitely had a deeper darker side (#scorpio). I always liked science and loved all animals. I grew up babysitting and always had an affinity for kids so I feel like becoming a doula was a natural path for me to take.
- Website: www.motherthemother.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @motherthemother
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