Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Matthias.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Stephanie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I had my first child at a pretty young age, 23, and spent my pregnancy and the first several years of my daughter’s life feeling a little lost in the whole thing. Yes, I had the support of my family who were incredible and all of my friends who were so present and involved- but even though I had all these people around me, I felt really alone in the experience because no one immediately close to me could relate. On the flip side, I also deeply loved being a mom and I started reading every book I could get my hands on and really dove headfirst into the subject of pregnancy, postpartum and motherhood in general. It was a way for me to get my bearings and figure out where I wanted my life to go from that point.
After art school I started cooking for people privately and saw very vividly the healing power of food. I worked with a lot of families where someone was battling cancer and got really into using food as medicine and studying how broths can heal the body and became fascinated with alternative healing modalities. A few years later I met Erica Chidi Cohen who really took me under her wing and suggested postpartum work to me- she trained me and mentored me and I’m forever grateful to her and to the universe for bringing me down this path. I love so much being able to support women during such a magical, but often challenging time in their lives. My greatest wish is for every woman to have a strong postpartum support system and in turn to feel nourished, safe, cared for, beautiful, strong and seen.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The biggest challenge for me is making sure I take proper care of myself. Between work, my daughters and myself, my schedule is usually pretty crazy. There was a time in 2017 when I was juggling way too many clients and my health started to suffer. It wasn’t anything major, but I started to notice little things like my menstrual cycle was off and I had allergies for the first time in my life. I’m really in tune with my body so I knew that these were signs that something in my life needed to change. I made a commitment to take time between clients to regroup and incorporate more sustainable self-care practices into my life. Now I’m able to to show up more fully for my clients and not feel so depleted when I get home at the end of the day. I am rigorous about balancing my work and personal life so that I’m able to maintain and nurture the many aspects of my life that I love. In order for me to be the kind of mother and human I want to be I have to take really good care of myself. This is a philosophy that I also pass on to my clients. If people don’t take proper care of themselves, they are less able to show up for the people and experiences in other areas of their lives.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Radiant Woman story. Tell us more about the business.
Radiant Woman offers postpartum doula support, education, reiki healing, abortion doula support, holistic maternal nutrition support and vaginal steaming.
I am a mother and healer with a passion for maternal health and wellness who provides nutrient dense meals and open-hearted care and guidance to new mothers and their families following the birth of a child. Aiming to transform the common postpartum experience of overwhelm and depletion, I am showing mothers that with the right support and nourishment, they can emerge from those first few weeks of new parenthood strong, healthy and radiant. I believe that food can make a dramatic difference in the body’s healing process and that proper nourishment is essential to maternal wellness in the postpartum phase. A woman who is fed well with nutrient dense foods will better replenish her minerals, vitamins and nutrients which means she’s less likely to suffer from issues down the road such as bone density loss, thinning hair, hormonal imbalance, difficult menopause, etc. Additionally, a woman who is well-cared for will have more energy to give to others. The mental and physical health of the mother should be the priority during this time- that is what will enable her to give the best care possible to herself, her partner and their new child.
I serve as an open-hearted guide who answers questions and provides much-needed reassurance from a gentle, non-judgmental, holistic perspective, allowing clients to develop their own unique parenting style. My goal as a postpartum doula is to offer just the right amount of knowledge and support to empower my clients to embark on their parenting journey from a confident, informed space.
The thing that sets me apart from most other doulas in the greater Los Angeles area is my background in holistic nutrition and my extensive knowledge of alternative healing modalities, as well as general holistic lifestyle choices. I am known for my delicious and deeply nourishing food and for my open-hearted approach to supporting women across the spectrum of their reproductive experiences.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’m not sure if I really believe in luck, to be honest. I definitely believe that there are no coincidences and that the Universe has a hand in everything, but luck, to me, feels passive. We all need to show up and do the work to the extent that we can and when we commit to doing that, the Universe steps up and meets us halfway. So while I definitely think that we only have control over a sliver of what happens to us and that it’s more about our energetic vibration and attitude, in order to receive what the Universe has in store for us, we need to show up for our part.
- Website: radiantwomanhealing.com
- Phone: 3234491339
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @radiantwoman_