I’m Stefanie and I am here for you, mama.
I had expectations of feeling purpose and fulfillment in motherhood. Since I was 15 years old, my deepest desire was to be a mother. I even chose my career field so that I could be a present mama and not have to do the whole "9 to 5" thing.
I began my self-employment journey on the leeward beaches of O'ahu in 2007. When I returned to the mainland, I began a massage therapy program and opened my first business, Lagom Therapeutic Massage in 2008. For 12 years I offered therapeutic massage in a clinic with acupuncturists, thai bodyworkers, chiropractors, massage therapists and yoga instructors. This space enhanced my understanding to Traditional Chinese Medicine and other eastern modalities balancing out my very western-heavy massage training program. In 2011, when I became a mother, I had no idea I was experiencing trauma and postpartum anxiety. Though I was so in love with my husband and my baby: I always felt constant fear or worry.
Because I had such a beautiful homebirth experience, I had a deep desire to see other women have an empowering experience like I did, in 2012 I trained as a birth doula and began attending births when my daughter was 11 months old. Since then, I've worked four years in SE Wisconsin's first out-of-hospital birth center and attended over 25 births, while going on to have four more amazing homebirths of my own.
With over a decade of birthwork experience, I've noted that many moms experience disappointment in their birth that could have been prevented, and far too many mothers struggle postpartum with breastfeeding, exhaustion or mood disorders.
My goal in service to my clients is to bring compassionate, evidence-based, holistic education and support. There is no good reason for a mom or new parents to struggle alone. It's long past time for practices that disembody mothers from their experience and disregard the emotional and physical needs of babies for the convenience of adults.