Stephanie has been interested in birth since she was a little girl. When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, “A baby doctor” would always be her response. The birth of her first son, in Mankato Minnesota, sparked a strong urge to do more for expectant families in southern MN. She started her training as a Bradley® Teacher in 2010 and became a certified Bradley® Instructor and Doula shortly thereafter. She then attended a few midwifery study group meetings in Saint Peter, MN and learned the benefits of placenta encapsulation. This inspired Stephanie and she decided to explore this further. Stephanie became trained in Placentophagy in 2011 and is excited to offer Placenta Encapsulation Services to expanding families.
In 2012 she became the mother of a second precious little boy, attended a Midwifery Today conference on the east coast, and worked closely with a small group of women to start the Deep Valley Birth Collective. The DVBC is a collective of birth professionals bringing evidence based information and services to southern MN. Stephanie is currently on the board of directors and is serving a three year term as Treasurer.
In 2014 Stephanie began to further her education with Birth Arts International. She is now a certified BAI Doula and working towards completing her Midwifery Assistant certification. She is thrilled and honored to be one of the few BAI Doula Trainers as of 2016.
Stephanie Holthus dreams of a day when she will be catching babies for The Green Stork as a midwife. If she isn’t studying, teaching, or assisting a woman in labor she is enjoying being a mommy to her two boys. Her little family loves exploring nature and in the winter months you’ll likely find Steph curled up with her knitting needles and a hot cup of tea.