Breaking Barriers: An Interview with the Founder of The Down There Doc

The journey of revolutionizing women’s healthcare often begins with a single voice and a mission to fill a gap. Such is the case with the founder of The Down There Doc, Dr. Marcy Crouch, who started the company in 2020 to address the significant lack of care and education surrounding women’s pelvic health, particularly during and after pregnancy. With a focus on destigmatizing conversations around the pelvic floor and providing essential resources, the company has rapidly become a trusted companion for women throughout various stages of life. In this interview, Dr. Crouch shares insights on balancing work and motherhood, the challenges of pelvic floor therapy, and her vision for the future of women’s health.

When and why did you start your company The Down There Doc?

“I started The Down There Doc back in 2020, but coined the name in 2018 when I opened my clinic in Los Angeles. After years of working in women’s health, the significant gap in the care and education provided around birth and postpartum, particularly in relation to the pelvic floor, was astounding.

I wanted to create a platform that would not only provide necessary education and resources, but also destigmatize the conversation around pelvic floor health. I want The Down There Doc app to be on every woman’s phone, from positive pregnancy tests through menopause”

How do you balance work life and motherhood?

“Balancing work life and motherhood is a continuous journey, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. For me, prioritizing mental health is crucial. After experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety, I’ve learned the importance of seeking help and taking the right kind of med. It’s okay to not be okay, and it’s essential to address these feelings rather than ignore them. Practicing mindfulness also keeps me grounded. Even on the busiest days, I try to find a moment of calm and presence.

Equally important is asking for help. We often feel the pressure to do everything ourselves, but it’s okay to delegate tasks and lean on your support system. I’m fortunate to have a fantastic team at work who share my vision and lighten the load. Most of us are moms, all of us are powerful and brilliant women, and I trust my team to keep the ship righted as we all navigate work and life.

Also, I’ve found that carving out time for activities that bring me joy, like horse riding, can make a world of difference. These moments of personal fulfillment not only help me relax but also make me a better mom and a more effective leader. It’s my happy place.”

When you started your company, The Down There Doc, what was the initial goal? Has it changed?

“When I started The Down There Doc, the initial goal was to increase accessibility and affordability in a much-ignored healthcare space.

There was a significant gap in the care and education provided around birth and postpartum, particularly in relation to the pelvic floor.

I wanted to fill this gap and provide necessary education and resources to women in need, and to make what we have the standard of care.

Today, the goals remain the same, but we are looking to scale them on a much larger number. We aspire for The Down There Doc app to be on every woman’s phone, from positive pregnancy tests through menopause.”

Why do you think pelvic floor therapy is such a taboo topic still?

“I just did a Ted talk on this actually. Pelvic floor therapy is often seen as a taboo topic due to the societal discomfort surrounding discussions of sexual and reproductive health. This discomfort is perpetuated by misconceptions and a lack of education, leading many to feel embarrassed or ashamed about seeking help for pelvic floor issues. It’s crucial to challenge these attitudes and normalize conversations about pelvic health, as it’s a vital aspect of overall well-being. It’s hard for women to talk about this usually because they’ve been taught their whole lives that we don’t talk about Down There and in most cases she is ignored or brushed off with these symptoms, being told it’s normal and there’s nothing wrong.”

If there was one piece of advice you would give to a Mom headed back into the workforce, what would it be?

“My advice would be to prioritize your health, and that includes your pelvic health. It’s essential to listen to your body and be aware of any changes in your pelvic floor that may occur due to the transition back to work, such as increased stress levels.

Don’t be afraid to seek help for any pelvic floor issues, and consider incorporating pelvic floor therapy into your routine, as it can greatly improve your overall well-being. Lastly, advocate for your needs. Encourage your company to utilize online services, like The Down There Doc, that can provide valuable resources and support for working moms. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey, and it’s okay to ask for help.”

How do you practice self care?

“Self-care is an integral part of my daily routine. I practice mindfulness exercises regularly to maintain mental clarity and emotional balance. It could be as simple as a five-minute meditation in the morning or a moment of stillness in the middle of a hectic day.

Travel has always been a great source of rejuvenation for me. Exploring new places, experiencing diverse cultures, and stepping out of my comfort zone helps me grow both personally and professionally.

Another activity I enjoy is horse riding. It’s not only a form of exercise for me but also a time when I can connect with nature and find peace. It’s my way of grounding myself and, in a way, it’s therapeutic.

Lastly, I believe in the power of daily rituals, like meditation, skin care, and spending time outside. These rituals provide a sense of control and stability, and they serve as a reminder to take care of myself.”

What is your favorite part of being a Mom?

“My favorite part of being a mom is having the privilege to guide my kids as they navigate life. Their curiosity and eagerness to learn are infectious, making even the simplest moments feel special. I deeply enjoy our interesting conversations, which often leave me inspired and in awe of their perspectives. I also relish the opportunity to teach them about the world, instilling in them the values of kindness and compassion. These shared experiences and lessons have enriched my life in unimaginable ways.”

Where do you see yourself in five years?

“In five years, I see myself continuing to help women by providing them with the necessary resources and education for their pelvic health. I envision The Down There Doc growing and reaching women everywhere. My goal is to create an environment where conversations about pelvic health are normalized and accessible to all. I hope to feel fulfilled, knowing that my work is making a positive difference in women’s lives. Personal happiness and professional success are not mutually exclusive, and I am committed to achieving both.”