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Here at the Center for Sacred Window Studies, we share voices from many perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the sacred weeks post birth, and the experience of humanity is experienced in countless ways.  We learn by listening to one another and honoring our stories.  The views and opinions of our writers do not necessarily reflect the mission, viewpoints or opinions of the Center for Sacred Window Studies.


“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

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. that’s why authentic elders seem to be further and further away from our lives too.

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. 

You can find Shelley Rahim…

IG @newmothercaregiving

www.newmothercaregiving.com

Listen to our conversation with Shelley Rahim covering a variety of topics from self preservation to amending service contracts.

Check out the full episode on our Sacred Window Podcast:  Nurturing Awarness in Pospartum Care available on all platforms! CLICK HERE to listen now! Please rate and subscribe!

Free Handouts to Support Professional Boundaries and Self Care

If you work with a postpartum parents who often share their birth story with you, and you would like to be able to hold space for them as they heal and integrate their story, this handout will help you do that. 

If you are a postpartum caregiver and would like to provide mindful support to your clients as they process their birth story, one of the best things you can do is encourage them to write it down, ideally sometime during the first week after the birth. Share this blog post article with them which contains thought-provoking questions to ponder as they contemplate and write down their story: https://newmothercaregiving.com/juicy-questions-for-writing-your-birth-story/


Helpful insights for structuring your time as a postpartum caregiver to prevent caregiver fatigue or burnout.


Tips for processing the difficult work we do as postpartum caregivers and prevent compassion fatigue.



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