New Mother Caregiving

san Diego, CA – In person classes

Childbirth Preparation Workshop Series

Sundays from 12:00 - 5:00pm

June 9, 16, 23, 30

"There is no way I could have had the empowering birth that I had without this woman's guidance!

 

Shelley's teachings touched the deepest places of my heart (and continue to do so). Her Birthing From Within style classes fully prepared me and my husband for whatever birth outcome may have unfolded (and I really needed it, to say the least). My husband was a solid rock through the entire experience and it's all because of Shelley's guidance and preparation. Shelley's birth classes helped deepen my connection to my baby, my husband, and most importantly my innate strength as a mother.

 

And most of all, Shelley is such a fun, sweet, caring, lovely human being, and she carries an uplifting energy that any pregnant woman would appreciate! I highly recommend experiencing her magic!"

Elie Prana

Learn Positions for labor

partners learn skills to support you throughout the birth process

explore beliefs and fears

Prepare for the journey in ways that bring you closer together as a couple

learn about medical support 

understand the benefits, risks, and alternatives to medical interventions

Does this sound like you?

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You're expecting your 1st, 2nd or 3rd baby and want the skills and tools necessary to give birth with confidence.

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You want to learn and practice pain-coping techniques that will get you through the most difficult phases of labor.

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You want to learn and practice positions for labor and for optimal baby positioning. You also want your partner to learn how to support you in these positions. 

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You want to understand basic physiology of labor and birth and how medical interventions may support or hinder the labor process. 

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You want an experienced guide to teach you the things you don't even know you don't know, and in a way that is fun, dynamic and memorable!

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Did you know that having a community of people going through the same experience helps to reduce anxiety and increase self-confidence? 

What's included in Shelley's Birth Classes?

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A workbook with all the information learned in class, recipes for the first meal after brith and more!

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Hands-on experiences coping with pain of labor. How to move and breath and how your partner can move and breath with you!

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Hands-on activities to prepare partners to support the birthing mothers through even the most intense moments of labor and birth.

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Thoughtful discussions will foster self-awareness and build community.

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Practical knowledge is learned such as how labor works, the benefits and risks of medical interventions, how to make a birth plan, how to have an empowered cesarean birth, and how to feed a mother immediately after birth.

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Shelley's classes are a perfect balance between practical information, embodied practices, and psychological priming for birth and the life changes to follow. 

This workshop will prepare you and your partner for…

All Birth Outcomes

Whether you're having a hospital or homebirth, it's vital to be prepared for unexpected events. The better prepared you are for all outcomes, the better able you are to surrender and give birth with confidence. 

 

THE INTENSITY OF BIRTH

Giving birth evokes a very powerful energy from within the birthing mother. It's important for the partners to understand how to match that energy so they can be present and genuinely helpful.

 

LIFE CHANGES

Giving birth to a baby brings many life changes. The discussions and exercises in Shelley's classes provides a much needed roadmap for parents to navigate through life's greatest transition: parenthood. 

 

FAQ

WHAT IS THE CLASS ENVIRONMENT LIKE?

Class starts at 12:00 and ends at 5:00. We will be in Shelley's backyard garden seated in comfortable patio furniture. Yoga mats, pillows, bolsters and blankets are also available for couples to sit on the floor. There will be plenty of movement breaks and many of the teachings are embodied exercises.

 

WHAT FORMAT IS THE INSTRUCTION PROVIDED IN?

Shelley guides couples through ice-holding exercise for learning pain tolerance, breathing exercises, positions for labor, and massage techniques. There are also formal lectures and lively group discussions. Wear clothing that allows for movement!

 

WHAT IF I HAVE TO MISS A CLASS?

I highly encourage trying to make it to each class, however, for an additional fee Shelley can provide a make-up class. Some of the lectures can be recorded over Zoom, but many are embodied activities that are best learned in-person.

WHAT IF I HAVE TO HAVE A CESAREAN BIRTH?

This course also covers how to prepare for and have an amazing cesarean birth. There are many lessons that you will learn that can be applied to cesarean births and the transition into parenthood in general. 

 

WHAT IF THIS ISN'T OUR FIRST BABY?

This class is PERCECT for you! Shelley will guide you through what worked well with your first birth, and what you would like to do differently. Experienced parents always learn new skills and techniques while also helping to initiate and guide the parents who have never been through it.

 

I'M HAVING A HOMEBIRTH, IS THIS CLASS NEEDED?

YES! Not only will you and your partner learn how to endure the most intense phases of labor without pain medication, you will also learn what to do in the rare incidence of a hospital transfer. 

Shelley Rahim

Founder 

Shelley has over 14 years of experience teaching Birthing From Within™ style childbirth preparation classes. Attending over 150 births as a birth doula has given her the experience necessary to couples from a place of wisdom and compassion. 

Shelley has studied with many leaders in the birth industry; Gail Tully of Spinning Babies™ , Pam England of Birthing From Within™, Tema Mercado of La Matriz Birth, and many others. Shelley has over 17 years of experience as a certified prenatal yoga instructor and seamlessly bridges the wisdom of yoga with the primal nature of childbirth in her classes.

Shelley loves to create a sense of community as she prepares expecting couples for the most profound and beautiful experience of their lives!

$450

 

Includes workbook, electronic handouts, 

shelley's homecooked food and hospitality!

Here's what others are saying

Shelley's class gave me so much more than the strength to bring a life into the world, it gave me the strength and support I needed to be a mother.”

Alizon Gantz

Shelley’s wisdom and encouragement proved invaluable to me and my family and I am forever grateful.”

Sharon Camarillo

"Shelley’s Birthing from Within™ style classes gave me such great insight into what to expect for labor. I was worried I would not know what to do to support my wife in labor and honestly had NO idea what to expect. All that we explored and talked about in Shelley's classes prepared me much more than I expected for the process of labor. Shelley shared numerous techniques on how to massage and help guide breathing for the intense moments and I found myself using these techniques in the heat of the moment and thank goodness for them! 

Each class was unique and different and I drew from all the lessons. Seeing how intense this was for my wife, I am so glad I had the confidence to know what to do (and what NOT to do) during labor to support her and having Shelley prepare us was invaluable.

 This was our first child so I would especially recommend her classes for those first time dads. If baby number two happens I’ll be reaching out to go through the courses once again." 

christian