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Steffanie Thomas

Magnolia Birth Doula Services LLC

Website: http://www.magnoliabirthdoulaservices.com

Phone: 314-349-8916

Birth Fee: $850

Fee Details: My approach to birth is holistically based; it is rooted in true mental prep as well as staying physically healthy through nutrition advice and movement tailored to pregnancy. I offer 2 prenatal visits in which I will help you establish a birth plan and help you formulate questions for your provider and birth place. We will also discuss how involved your partner wishes to be and I will help them learn the techniques to help you through labor. I provide continuous support during labor and stay 1-2 hours after birth. I also offer 2 postpartum visits in which we will discuss your birth and I can help you with breastfeeding and adjusting to life with a newborn. I work with other doulas to ensure that all clients have ample backup. I also work with a CLC and a birth photographer to offer clients unique packages. My aim is to help clients have a birth in which they feel empowered, respected, and well aware of all of their options.

Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 57 births attended

Doula Training

  • DONA International, October 2015
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 4

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I have experience in most major hospitals in the area.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I have worked with both area birth centers.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I love home births and am experienced in them! I have a special program set up to help you uniquely prepare for your homebirth.

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • I have training in breastfeeding support but no formal certification.

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Rebozo Training
  • Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Military families
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I am a member of the professional doula group, Doulas of Greater St. Louis.

Client Testimonials for Steffanie Thomas

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Amanda Jezusko

Steffanie is absolutely amazing. I was her first client with my daughter. I had a VBAC at Missouri Baptist. I then was her client again when I was a Surrogate for a Family. Steffanie is very calmly and present. My labor was long and hard and every time she grabbed my hand while having a contraction I felt my body relax. She massaged my back, Offered different positions for me to try. She even held a bucket while I threw up. She was amazing support to me and I plan to use her again during my next Surrogacy Journey. 

Posted 8/29/2019

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Julia Amethyst

I used Steffanie Thomas as my doula in 2019 for my second child. Had I known about her services in 2014 when I had my son and I would have been jumped at her services there as the first birthd not go along with my birth plan and I had a very inexperienced doula who I felt could have backed me a little better. However Stephanie has a wonderful quality and scope of care she is definitely a mother's advocate and an advocate for safe births. I would highly recommend Stephanie for all of your family planning. I would like to say that the weeks leading up to the birth are very calm and I was two weeks past my due date so I was induced I only called Stephanie when I was in hard labor and she was extremely helpful and had all of the techniques to get the baby down and out so to speak safely and calmly I was calm and relaxed and comforted by her presents.I definitely appreciated her after care as well staying with me until we were comfortable helping with nursing and making home visits really helped me feel calm when caring for my newborn. Wonderful absolutely wonderful.

Posted 8/7/2019

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Bea Adiputra

I cannot recommend Steffanie highly enough. She is exceptionally thorough in providing excellent resources during the prenatal period so that you're able to prepare emotionally, mentally, and physically for birth. She has an incredible breadth of expertise on not just pregnancy/birth/ babies, but also healthy living and makes herself so available to answer questions about anything. Furthermore, you can count on her to be there as long as needed for the birth. She stayed with me for over 24 hours during a very difficult labor, supporting and encouraging me and my husband, actively working with me on different pain management strategies, providing back massages during contractions. Though I really wanted a natural birth and ended up with a caesarian due to circumstances beyond my control, I look back on it with pride because I fought as hard as I could and faced my fears with courage. I am thankful that Steffanie helped to equip and support me to do that!

Posted 3/29/2019

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Rebecca Corynn

Steffanie is a wonderful lady to work with.  She is caring, empathetic, peaceful, understanding, and thoughtful just to name a few.  I was hesitant at first to hire a doula but once I met Steffanie i knew that she was a perfect match and having a doula was just what i needed.  She always went above and beyond for myself and my family to make my pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum experience wonderful.  

 

If you choose her package that includes food, you will not be upset, because her cooking is amazing and you'll have plenty to last!  She is very thoughtful when she cooks and takes all allergies, restrictions, or dislikes into consideration.  My very picky spouse even thought her food was amazing!  

 

She has a wealth of knowledge from education and experience.  If she doesn't know the answer, she will find out for you in a timely manner. Her library that she makes available to her clients is wonderful.  I was provided with many great resources during and after my pregnancy. 

She is also very punctual.  She was at the hospital awaiting my arrival when i was in labor.  I didn't have to worry about if she would make it, when she would show up, etc.  When i arrived at the hospital she was already there waiting and prepared.  She encouraged me to speak up when my nurse tried to stray away from my birth plan.  She also provided many suggestions that in the moment i didn't think of.  

I could write more than 2000 characters about Steffanie, so I am sure I have missed something.  I can assure you that she is a great choice and will not leave you dissappointed at any point in your journey. 

Posted 2/22/2018

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Jess Touchette

When my husband and I interviewed Steffanie, we asked her why she’d chosen to become a doula. Her passion for this calling to help women access their own power during birth and to help families navigate unfamiliar medical environments was clear, and we knew we’d found our doula.

Steffanie has a calm and grounding presence, and seemingly infinite patience — just the energy needed during labor and birth. She stuck with us for a whole day of laboring through unexpected twists and turns, first at our home in the wee hours of the morning, then at Mercy Birthing Center, and finally at the hospital. She didn’t leave us until we were settled into our recovery room for the night. Our baby was not in the optimal position for birth, and her suggestions for positioning, informed by recent Spinning Babies training, were spot on and helpful. Not only did we have complete confidence in Steffanie throughout, but our midwives clearly respected her professional opinion, and conferred with her on several occasions.

Caring, empathetic, and knowledgeable, Steffanie is just the person to guide you on the path to new motherhood. I appreciated her periodic check-ins during late pregnancy and the postpartum period, as well as the sweet and unexpected “extras” — a jar of homemade elderberry syrup and a beautifully written account of our birth — that she offered. If/when we have another baby, we will call upon her services again without hesitation (though I expect that word will travel and her schedule will be quite full by then)!

Posted 1/21/2018

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Emily Pope

Steffanie Thomas is great! So glad she was able to be there for my first birth and will definitely hire her in the future. All her knowledge alone with particular items and the network she is a part of is worth having her as a doula. The support she offers is incredible. She definitely got my husband and I prepared with a birth plan and other items I wasn't prepared for. The evening of my labor she told me to let her know whenever I needed her at my house and she would be there and was. I believe that because of her help and support I was able to do most of my laboring in the comfort of my home. By her being there it allowed my husband to get a nap in and more pressure to be applied to my back when needed. It also gave us another perspective on things to help us not rush to the birthing center when it wasn't needed. It was also great that she wrote the birth story and took pictures of the birth as well. Even though she provided us with all the wonderful things in her package she is helpful in nature and went above and beyond when she did not have to. I was blessed to have her be apart of this time in our lives. Look forward to working with her in the future. 

Posted 1/17/2018

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Carrie Walther

We had our baby yesterday, so I guess the fact that I'm writing this just a day later emphasizes how happy we were with her doula services. We were preparing for a natural water birth at a birth center, but ended up needing an emergency induction at 36+4 weeks. Steffanie was the glue that held us together, and comforted and motivated me day and night for over 30 hours as we faced complications and changing plans during the birth. I cannot recommend her highly enough!! She is prepared, positive, uplifting, personal, caring and a great professional. She truly has the heart of a servant and will focus on you and your support team, so that you can focus on the task at hand - having a healthy baby. You cannot go wrong with her!!

Posted 2/16/2017

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Amanda Jezusko

Steffanie was an amazing addition to my Birth experience. She was my Douls for my Third baby, which was a VBAC. She really helped me through any fears I had since having a c-section prior.  She was there for me my entire pregnancy. She always helped answer any questions I had and if she didn't know the answer she researched it for me. She helped us have a smooth pregnancy & delivery. Steffanie never hesitated to help me when I sent her a message. She is absolutely wonderful and helped easy any worries of mine. I highly recommend her as a Doula! 

Posted 5/8/2016

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Amanda Jezusko

Steffanie was an amazing addition to my Birth experience. She was my Douls for my Third baby, which was a VBAC. She really helped me through any fears I had since having a c-section prior.  She was there for me my entire pregnancy. She always helped answer any questions I had and if she didn't know the answer she researched it for me. She helped us have a smooth pregnancy & delivery. Steffanie never hesitated to help me when I sent her a message. She is absolutely wonderful and helped easy any worries of mine. I highly recommend her as a Doula! 

Posted 5/8/2016

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Nicole Barhorst

Steffanie is an amazing doula! I ended up getting induced early. She was an excellent advocate for my husband and I at the hospital. She stayed up with me all day and night (24 hours); she was very attentive to all my needs. She was able to visit me before and after the birth of my baby. She is also very knowledgeable of birth plans and other need to know information about pregnancy. 

Posted 4/22/2016

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