Stephanie A. Simmons, RMT, PPCES, CD
Owner & Founder
Remedial Massage Therapist
Pre & Postnatal Corrective Exercise Specialist
Certified Doula & Lactation Educator
Certified Mercier Therapist
Stephanie A. Simmons is an experienced pregnancy and birth professional specialising in pre & postnatal corrective exercise, diastasis recti prevention and rehabilitation, and natural wellness therapies.
Stephanie is a former elite gymnast from Melbourne, Australia who moved to the United States at the age of nineteen after being granted a full scholarship to attend the University of Oklahoma. She competed for the NCAA Women's Gymnastics program and earned herself Big XII and All-American titles on the uneven bars in 2006. Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2009.
After retiring from the sport of gymnastics, Stephanie decided to explore her other passion which was to support women during pregnancy and childbirth. In 2011, she moved to Orlando, Florida and became a certified doula through Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery. There, she worked alongside renowned midwife Jennie Joseph at a free-standing birth center 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-model of care for pregnant women in the United States, Stephanie realised that there was a very important aspect that was missing - and that was exercise. Although women were being told that exercise was good for them, there seemed to be a lack of knowledge regarding what exercises were safe during pregnancy, how much and how often they should exercise, and the benefits it can have for both mother and baby. After this realisation, Stephanie decided that she wanted to specialize in training pregnant women in preparation for childbirth and so she obtained her certification as Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist.
In 2015, Stephanie moved back to Oklahoma and again became acquainted with the local midwives. She began educating them about the importance of exercise during pregnancy and the positive benefits that it can have throughout each trimester, during the labour and birth process, and in the postnatal recovery period. Stephanie set up her own studio and offered a variety of services including pre & postnatal exercise classes, diastasis recti prevention and rehabilitation programs, childbirth classes, and doula support services. In addition to running her own business, Stephanie also assisted the midwives during clinic hours and attended births as a doula and student midwife assistant. During her time in Oklahoma, Stephanie formed close collaborations with other health practitioners in the community who supported her preparatory methods for achieving a strong and healthy pregnancy, smoother labour, and faster recovery post-childbirth.
In addition to her experience within the field of pregnancy and childbirth, Stephanie also obtained her certification in Mercier Therapy in 2017. Mercier Therapy is a deep abdominal therapy that is used to ease pain and discomfort associated with various gynecological issues, birth trauma, and infertility. Having struggled with endometriosis for many years, and reluctant to undergo multiple surgeries to manage her condition, Stephanie turned to Dr. Jennifer Mercier for a less-invasive form of treatment. Upon completing the full treatment regime, Stephanie couldn't believe that for the first time in years, she was pain free. Having completed the Mercier Therapy Professional Training course and also experiencing the benefits of Mercier Therapy herself, Stephanie feels like she is able to truly connect with her clients and offer them a natural, alternative treatment to support reproductive wellness.
In 2018, Stephanie moved back to Australia and has since completed a Diploma in Remedial Massage to further compliment the services that she already offers to her clients. Stephanie is excited to share her knowledge and expertise with women and families in her community and welcomes you to visit MIND BODY BABY where all services are tailored specifically to each individual who walks through the door.
You can find us located at Vitalessence with the wonderful Dr. Gillian Newton, a leading Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner specializing in pregnancy and infertility.
Thank you for visiting our website, and we 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".