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Hidden Gems: Meet Marsha Stephanson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marsha Stephanson.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
When I gave birth to my first child, I experienced postpartum depression and suffered in silence for fear of being judged by others. A few years later, I had my second child and faced several challenges during my postpartum recovery including having corrective surgery. I felt that with both my pregnancies I was not educated on postpartum care. I spent my entire pregnancy preparing for the birth of my babies but no one told me about the postpartum period or what to expect. My own personal experience inspired me to start Cater To Mom which was born out of the reality that no mom should feel the hopelessness and helplessness that interfere with the miracle and joys of giving birth and the expectancies of a successful life for her newborn. So, I immediately began my journey, innovating the process of raising awareness of postpartum depression and recovery resources, accentuating the benefits and sacrifices of breastfeeding, and most of all, promoting self-care through my monthly care packages and informational workshops and events.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I think any business owner can agree the entrepreneurial journey is full of ups and downs. The biggest challenge for me was navigating how to start and run an e-commerce subscription box business model. When I started my business there were no real guidelines to follow so I had to just wing it and learn as I go. I am excited to see more sub-box businesses emerge and subscription box business groups start so that we can all bounce ideas off each other. As an entrepreneur, I believe you are always refining your craft. I think with any struggles that come your way there is always an opportunity to learn from it and grow as a person when faced with the hard decisions you have to make as an entrepreneur.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Cater to Mom is an e-commerce Postpartum Care Subscription box service that focuses on catering to the needs of moms postpartum and beyond. Women of every culture, age, income level, and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth. It is often one of the most challenging times for new moms. Especially if it is the first baby. Throughout history, mothers have typically had family and community support, both practical and emotional, while caring for their newborns and young children. Today this is not the case for every mother the community has diminished. Cater to Mom is filling this need by raising awareness of perinatal mental health. We are the 1st monthly postpartum subscription box that focuses solely on the needs of the mom. I think what sets us apart from others is that along with postpartum care products we are ensuring postpartum resources are included in our boxes so that mom is better prepared for her postpartum recovery. We curate all of our products/resources from only women-owned businesses and most are mompreneurs. We truly pride ourselves in providing the very best for our moms and now more than ever we want to ensure they are getting the best postpartum care.

Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
One of my favorite childhood memories was taking road trips with my grandparents. My mother was a single mom and worked long hours so my sisters and I spent most of our time with our grandparents. They loved to travel and I always looked forward to our road trips because my grandma would make her famous fried chicken the day before and pack it along with other goodies to eat on the road. Sometimes we would travel to visit other family members or simply visit another city just to sightsee for the day. I truly loved spending those moments with my grandparents and as an adult now, I love doing the same with my own children.

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