I was born in 1956, in Columbus, Ohio. I am 54 years old and have been happily married for 27 years.

Doula, Marcie Sclove, with her daughter.

My first career was as a chef. I managed restaurants, taught in a culinary school, cooked at a 3-star hotel in southern France, and owned my own restaurant in Amherst, MA.  That part of my life was full of nurturing and serving others through food. My last cooking job was to run the soup kitchen at the Amherst Survival Center.

The next few years took me down the path of parenting, following the inspiring and magical birth of my now 19-year-old daughter. When she was 14, we lived in Benares, India for 9 months. There I found life to be very “real” all of the time. All around us was evidence of birth and death, from the puppies being born in the streets, the millions of people, often poor, living their lives on the banks of the Ganges River, and the visibility of death at cremation pyres in the center of the city. Click here to read my India
Photo Essay.

I wanted to find that same level of authenticity here at home after we returned to the Pioneer Valley. 

That is when I began working to become a doula. To be present at the moment of birth is an enormous privilege.  And, to have a positive impact on the birth mom and her partner’s experience is extremely satisfying.

 

 


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