Stefanie Trudeau CD(DONA), CLC
Hello, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to your growing family! My name is Stefanie Trudeau and I am a DONA certified birth doula and CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor). My journey into the world of birth began with preparation for my own births, in 2007 and 2010 and the multitude of lessons I learned from those experiences. The timing was finally right for me to begin training as a doula in 2011 and it's been quite a ride ever since! Several years and many many births later, it's still such a beautiful moment to be part of and each family I work with is so special and unique. The caring, professional and nonjudgmental support I provide to families is welcomed at a time when they are vulnerable and often new to the experiences of childbirth and early parenthood.
My goal is to help mothers feel empowered, informed and in charge of decision-making during their pregnancy and birth. Every body, baby and labor is different and the care that I offer is customized to meet the needs of each individual mother and the loved ones supporting her. In addition to birth support, I offer birth photography, postpartum care for families in Eastern CT, home visits for troubleshooting breastfeeding issues, and I run a monthly breastfeeding group in Canterbury.
In my spare time, I can be found growing food on my small hobby farm in Northeastern CT. My family grows fruits and vegetables, plus a menagerie of chickens, goats, and rabbits. We also enjoy hiking, camping and hitting the beach in the summer!
We can't say enough wonderful things about Stefanie. I can't imagine having to go through the process of labor without a Doula and Stefanie really made the experience special for us. From the very beginning, she had such warm and nurturing energy and was there to support me along the way in the final days of the pregnancy. She was available by phone and text anytime I had a question, no matter how silly.
Then when the big day came, we had a bit of a challenging and LONG labor process and she supported me and my husband through it. Whether it was providing massage or other techniques to get the baby into a better position, Stefanie really proved how essential having a skilled support person is.
She even stayed a while after our little one was born to take photos of my husband and I bonding with our little one, without us even realizing she was there. And those really are treasured memories I'm glad she was able to capture.
Having a doula was one of the best decisions we made for our child's birth and Stefanie is amazing at what she does. If we decide to have another child down the road, we wouldn't hesitate for a second to rehire her.
Serving: Central and Eastern CT, RI
Specialties: Preparation and doula support for birth and the postpartum weeks including overnights, birth photography, lactation counseling, Evidence Based Birth workshops