Learn what you need to know to prepare for your birth and the mothering years. I know you are excited about being pregnant and preparing for your birth! Worried about the pain of labor? I hear ya! It is NORMAL to be afraid of the pain. Learning to cope with pain in childbirth isn’t just for the super crunchy! However you plan to birth, being prepared mentally for labor and the unexpected; exhaustion, medical interventions, and difficult decisions that arise is crucial to experiencing peace and embracing your birth and postpartum experience. It is so important to prepare for labor AND prepare for life after birth. You can begin preparing during pregnancy to minimize the risk of postpartum depression and experience postpartum peace, joy, and . . . bliss as you are caring for your baby. Here is a little secret, the postpartum period is NOT defined as a disorder or disease. It is not just the first 6 weeks after your baby is born. It's about the transition after birth AND navigating the early years with your child. It is crucial to have guidance, a plan, and support during pregnancy, birth, and through the toddler years! Being pregnant, you enter a whole new world! It is exciting and can feel overwhelming. You may be feeling a bit anxious as you anticipate your birth and the transition of having a baby. This is normal! While getting cozy in your home, you will get the tools and guidance you need to feel confident and ready to birth and care for your baby! You have personal access to me through messenger, e-mail, and live video calls to get your questions answered and to meet your unique needs. I will help you feel 100% ready for your birth and postpartum transition!
Shalene Massie is a wife, mother of 2 girls, certified Doula, and Childbirth/ Postpartum Educator. She has been mentoring women since 2012 along their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journeys. She is an advanced certified mentor through Birthing From Within®, owner of Rhythm of Birth Doula Services and Childbirth Education, creator of Rhythm of Birth & Postpartum Journey e-courses, and lead coordinator of the NRV Birth Collective. Shalene began to hear her call to birth work when she became pregnant with her first daughter Abigail in 2008. She met a Doula and hired her to assist in her birth. As she was pregnant, she thought about the women she met living in South Sudan. She reflected upon the many women who give birth in Africa and other developing countries without the option of medicine or the care of a doctor. She was amazed by their primordial, instinctual, knowing and awareness of their bodies, moment to moment. As she supports and educates women in birth, she helps to cultivate this knowing and awareness.