Stephanie A. Simmons, RMT, PPCES, CD
Owner & Founder
Remedial Massage Therapist
Pre & Postnatal Corrective Exercise Specialist
Certified Doula & Lactation Educator
Certified Mercier Therapist
I’m Stephanie, a Pre & Postnatal Corrective Exercise Specialist, Remedial Massage Therapist, Certified Doula and Owner + Founder of MIND BODY BABY.
My journey in birth work began in the United States after obtaining my doula certification through Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery in 2012. I worked alongside renowned midwife Jennie Joseph at a free-standing birth center in Winter Garden, Florida and provided support to expecting mothers and families within the clinic and at various hospitals in the area.
After observing both the medical-model and midwifery-mode of care for pregnant women in the United States, I soon realised that there was a major aspect of maternal health that was missing – and that was exercise. Although women were being told that exercise was good for them during pregnancy, there seemed to be a lack of knowledge surrounding pregnancy exercise recommendations and guidelines.
This is when I decided to shift my focus to the mind-body aspect of preparing women for childbirth. I completed my certification as Pre & Postnatal Corrective Exercise Specialist and began training women from pre-conception to post-childbirth. My clients noticed improvements in their breath, posture and movements right away and reported feeling stronger and more connected to their bodies both during pregnancy, and within weeks following their birth.
In 2015, I moved to Oklahoma and again became acquainted with the local midwives. I began educating them about the importance of exercise during pregnancy and the positive benefits it can have throughout each trimester, during the labour and birth process, and in the postnatal recovery period. I set up my own studio and offered an array of services including childbirth classes, pre & postnatal exercise classes, diastasis recti prevention and rehabilitation programs, and doula support services. I also assisted the midwives during clinic hours and attended births as a doula and student midwife assistant. During my time in Oklahoma, I formed close collaborations with other health practitioners who supported my preparatory methods for achieving a strong and health pregnancy, smoother labour, and faster recovery post-childbirth.
After several years of working in the field of pregnancy and childbirth, I decided that I wanted to extend my services to include support for women experiencing various gynaecological issues related to birth trauma, endometriosis, and infertility. Looking for a holistic approach to help women with these types of conditions, I discovered Mercier Therapy. Having struggled with endometriosis for many years myself, I decided to contact Dr. Jennifer Mercier and scheduled myself in for an appointment. I completed the full treatment regime and within a couple of weeks, I couldn’t believe that for the first time in years, I was completely pain free. Thrilled about my results, I enrolled in the Mercier Professional Training course and completed my certification as Mercier Therapist so that I too, could offer a natural alternative approach in helping women manage pain associated with their condition.
In 2018, I moved back to my hometown in Melbourne, Australia and have since completed a Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy. I am very excited about continuing my work here and strive to provide quality services that are tailored specifically to each individual who walks through the door.
MIND BODY BABY is located at Vitalessence where you will also have access to the wonderful Dr. Gillian Newton, a leading Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner specialising in pregnancy and infertility.
Thank you for visiting our website, and I look forward to meeting you!
Stephanie A. Simmons
Opening in November 2019!
"My wife and I tried to prepare for the birth of our first child as best we could. We read books and articles on childbirth, listened to hypno-birthing audio, watched videos online, and attended birthing classes. But, the most helpful thing that we did before the birth of our child was to hire Stephanie as our doula.
She was very kind, professional, knowledgeable and respectful throughout the entire process. My wife and I felt that the planning sessions prior to the birth were more informative and pertinent than the 5 weeks of birthing classes we attended. Also, her coming to our house to follow up on breastfeeding was a nice touch.
Stephanie’s educational background and personality compliment her skills as a doula perfectly. Our birth was about 18 hours long. I cannot stress enough how much comfort she brought to my wife, myself, and our family members.
If you are on the fence about spending additional money on your birthing experience, I can testify that her services are one of the best investments we made".