Here's my official introduction!
Stephanie Brandt Cornais, is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Happiest Baby on the Block Certified Instructor, Certified Doula, Certified Yoga Instructor, she has been trained and certified through Birthing From Within, and Itsy Bitsy Yoga, she is a Reiki Master, and holds a BS in Environmental Science.
She started babysitting infants at age 11, and before becoming a mother herself, she was a Nanny for 5 years. Most of her time was spent with one family, taking care of two precious little girls, Ava and Ella, who are twelve months apart in age. Ella is also her Goddaughter.
On 11.11.09, she finally became a Mother herself. I say finally, because literally, she has been waiting to be a mother since she was 5 years old. Penelope Nadyne Cornais (named after Stephanie's paternal grandmother) was born at home, in water and into her own two hands. Although, she had the birth of her dreams, breastfeeding was extremely difficult and you can read more about it here.
Stephanie has always loved movement as a way to release and relax, starting with her early days as a dancer. Dance is what brought her to yoga at age 13.
She loves to be creative and is a natural storyteller. Both yoga and being creative have helped her heal old wounds, and she enjoys sharing her wisdom with women and mothers in our now global, online community.
Her desire is to help women and mothers create a truly supportive community in which to grow, learn and heal on every level; mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.
She used to do this through mentoring and helping women, by teaching her classes and owning her yoga studio and organic boutique. Now, she inspires mama's here on the Mama and Baby Love website, while she is a work at home mama to Penelope, the love of her life.
She hopes that mama's find who they truly are through their own self-discovery process. She views birth and parenting as sacred, soul experiences that are opportunities for personal growth and exploration. She believes that the specific way in which we birth or raise children does not matter, but only that parents are present, conscious, mindful and bring unconditional love to each moment.
Through this website she hopes she can help women and families be more present, looking within for answers. She also hopes to lead by example in regards to excercise, yoga, nutrition and overall health and wellness inspiring other mother's to be more concerned about their health and their children's health.