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Shelley Rahim is a Birth Doula, Postpartum Chef and Caregiver, Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator, Birth Story Listener, Prenatal Yoga Instructor and a Mother of three. For the past fifteen years Shelley has been supporting families during the childbearing year as a trauma-informed educator, doula and postpartum caregiver. Shelley's most recent work is focusing on how to prepare families to take care of the postpartum mother in their life. You can learn more about her work by visiting her website or following her on IG. www.NewMotherCaregiving.com  IG handle: https://www.instagram.com/newmothercaregiving/

The intent of this episode is to support postpartum caregivers in navigating challenging moments of their practice. Shelley talks about the risks of burnout for postpartum caregivers and the importance of preparing clients ahead of time. She talks about how to support households that don't know the value of the postpartum time and how she helps them create high standards of care. She also discusses setting clear boundaries in her contract and increasing her fees for her services.


Check out our blog post featuring FREEBIE worksheets from Shelley on:

- Listening to Birth Stories

- Tips for Setting Caregiving Boundaries

- Emotional Self Care Tips for Postpartum Caregivers

Click here to view the full blog post!


"When a postpartum mother processes her birth story while it's fresh, she will discover strength, power and courage, and possibly even self-love and compassion, where she once felt judgment toward herself for a choice she made during her birth. She will shift into a place of power and wisdom and this will inform how she sees herself as a mother."  --Shelley Rahim

Today on Sacred Window Podcast:

  • -- integrating the high standards of healing postpartum with the low standards of society
  • -- importance of bringing back awareness into postpartum care
  • -- learning how to manage postpartum care and boundaries with self preservation, time efficacy and not over giving
  • -- lessons in integrating lessons in postpartum caregiving with real life situations
  • -- how to set time boundaries
  • -- Importance of prenatal preparation for postpartum success
  • -- increasing rates and amending contracts
  • -- how to avoid burnout
  • -- why preparation is not just important for the postpartum family, but for the postpartum professional
  • -- why details matter
  • -- setting emotional boundaries
  • -- importance of flexibility in postpartum duties
  • -- digesting ama or the birth experience
  • -- patriarchal patterns impact on emotional health
  • -- connecting with archetypes
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