Preparing Prenatally for After Birth

Planning now to experience joy with your newborn!

 

"50% - 80% of new mothers experience some form of anxiety or depression during the postpartum period, and many women find it hard to immediately bond and connect with their newborn." -Dr. Andra Brosh, Clinical Psychologist

The nitty gritty details of what's inside:

The course is divided into modules and will be sent to your inbox weekly so you can move through the course at your own pace.  There are PDF downloads to help you as you prepare to enter into parenthood.

Learn about the binge worthy videos below!

Writing your Birth Plan?  You also need a Postpartum Plan!

I have taken the guess work out of wondering what you need and how to prepare for life after birth.  You will get a Postpartum Plan download to take the stress out of planning and give you peace of mind that you are ready to welcome your baby! 

It's time to set up your nursery!

It's an exciting and fun time! Whether you have designated a certain room in your house or are creating a nook in a room for your new baby, enjoy learning tips to help you as you dream!

Wondering what happens immediately after delivery? 

Depending on the place you give birth, newborn care and postpartum procedures may be different. You will get a general idea of what to expect and questions to discuss with your partner and your care provider.

The Unexpected

It is difficult to think about the unexpected happening: Pre-term Labor, Postpartum Depression, and Miscarriage/Stillbirth. Hearing stories and being prepared, if you were to experience any of these events, can help you cope with grace and peace.

Wondering how / where to find help and support? 

You may be thinking you should  be able to do it on your own . . . but it will be extremely valuable to have help so you can really enjoy your new baby without the stress of taking care of everything else! You will hear birth and postpartum professionals share their support and services to help ease your transition so you can experience postpartum bliss! 

Wondering how to prepare your mama heart for life with a newborn?

Preparing your heart for motherhood is as important as preparing your baby’s nursery. I will guide you through a visualization to imagine yourself as a parent and then share part one of a story of a strong and courageous woman. Her heroic journey parallels the transition from pregnancy to postpartum. You will take time for reflection on your own transition as you discover ways her story can guide you and your partner to process and embrace the rite of passage through birth and the postpartum transition.

I want to be practically and emotionally prepared for birth and the transition to parenthood!

Nice to meet you!

Shalene Massie; CD, CBE

Hi, I'm a wife, mother of 2 girls, certified Doula and Childbirth/ Postpartum Educator.  I have been mentoring parents since 2012 along their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journeys.  

I am an advanced certified mentor through Birthing From Within®, owner of Rhythm of Birth Doula Services and Childbirth Education, creator of Postpartum Journey e-course, and lead coordinator of the NRV Birth Collective.

"The "Postpartum Journey" taught me to slow down, stay present, and really reflect on the time following the birth of my baby. I learned that there are a wide range of emotions, all of which are very real. The story of Inanna was a powerful metaphor for the psychological transition from the pre- to post- natal period. It is a reminder that I, too, will one day have a story to share about this very sensitive time in my life."

Holly Grant
Seasoned Mom

"Postpartum Journey has something for everyone. The clean layout, relevant topics and realistic approach of this program impress me. My own son came one month early, and so I found myself with my hands and heart full, yet unprepared! I know that having so many valuable and encouraging resources organized and available would have really supported my journey. "

Tara Daystar
Mom, Midwife/ Doula

"This course has helped me tremendously. The videos were informative and allowed me to work at my own pace. The downloadable worksheets and video transcripts also made it possible to absorb the information in various ways. The best part of the video course is Shalene's expertise and added value by incorporating other experts in the course to propel me in the right direction from pregnancy to parenthood. "

Shola Aladejebi
New Mom

You may be thinking. . .

  • Much of the information is most helpful to know during pregnancy. There are audio downloads to make it convenient to listen and learn on the go or while you are preparing the nursery!
  • You can skip around through the course and view the videos that seem most important to you now and view the other videos, to serve as reminders and guides, when you have your baby.
  • You will have full, lifetime access to the courses. If the courses should ever "close", you will be notified and have time to finish viewing the modules and get all of the downloads.
  • Having attended hundreds of births, I have seen these practices and strategies work to lower interventions and help you maintain a peaceful mindset during labor.  While it’s impossible to know exactly how your birth will unfold, you will have the tools you need to respond with grace and peace through the chaos and unexpected.
  • I have you covered!  I fully understand pregnancy brain.  My midwife kept telling me I had it during pregnancy and I tried to deny it.
  • I will e-mail you weekly to remind you to access each module of the course and tell you abut live calls and how to join.
  • There are many types of childbirth education. Most classes focus on what could happen, but few focus on how to cope with the intensity of labor.  
  • Many childbirth classes lean toward a specific birth outcome.  Rhythm of Birth is a non-outcome focused approach and prepares you however you plan to birth!  These courses are a wonderful complement to other classes you may be taking, e.g. a hospital class.
  • The short answer is yes. You may have picked up on this course prepares you for all types of birth. Experiencing labor is more than just contractions: there’s fatigue, nausea, anxiety, medical navigation and the UNKNOWN.  
  • For both you and your partner; preparing mentally and emotionally for birth and postpartum is crucial for any birth scenario.  These practices will also help you navigate those early years of parenthood!
  • I want to make this as affordable as possible for you to have all of your questions answered (even the ones you don’t know you have) and have the support you need as you welcome your baby. 
  • There is a payment plan option of 4 payments of $70. 
  • You, your birth,  your baby, and your postpartum experience is WORTH THE INVESTMENT!

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Let's chat for 30 minutes over hot tea. 

You can ask me anything and I will guide you, help you process your birth, encourage you, and answer your questions.

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