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 Remedial Massage Therapist, Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Doula and Owner + Founder of MIND BODY BABY.
My experience in birth work began in 2012 while living overseas in Orlando, Florida. I completed my doula certification through Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery and was given the privilege to work alongside renown midwife Jennie Joseph at her free-standing birth center, The Birth Place. There, I provided education and support to expecting mothers and families within the clinic and at various hospitals in the area.
After a period of time, I realised that there was a major aspect of maternal health that was missing – and that was exercise. With an understanding that giving birth requires both mental and physical endurance, it only made sense to me that women should be preparing their bodies during pregnancy so that they are ready to endure the intensity of labour which can last anywhere from a few hours to more than a day.
It was after this realization that I decided to obtain my certification as Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist. I began training women from pre-conception to post-childbirth and the results were remarkable. My clients noticed improvements in their breathing, posture, and movements right away. They felt stronger and more prepared for the labour process, and they also experienced a faster postnatal recovery compared to previous births.
In 2015, I moved to Oklahoma and set up my own studio where I offered pre & post natal corrective exercise classes, diastasis recti prevention and rehabilitation programs, childbirth education and doula support services. I also teamed up with the local midwives at Community Midwifery where I performed clinical duties and attended births as a doula and student midwife assistant.
Passionate about the field of pregnancy and childbirth, I decided to explore natural therapies that support reproductive health so that I could also assist women who were struggling to fall pregnant. This is when I discovered Mercier Therapy. Having struggled with endometriosis for several years myself and reluctant to undergo multiple surgeries, I contacted Dr. Jennifer Mercier and booked myself in for therapy. Within a couple of weeks after completing the full Mercier Therapy treatment regime, I could not believe that for the first time in years, I was completely pain free. Thrilled about my results, I enrolled in the professional training course and completed my certification as Mercier Therapist so that I too could support women with various gynecological issues including endometriosis, pelvic pain, and infertility.
In 2018, I moved back to my hometown in Melbourne, Australia and have since obtained my Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy. I am very excited about continuing my work here and strive to provide quality services that involve a holistic approach to achieving overall pregnancy and reproductive wellness.
Thank you for visiting MIND BODY BABY, and I look forward to meeting you!
"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".