The story of Innana was powerful!

"I have found Rhythm of Birth & Postpartum Journey courses extremely helpful in preparing for both the practical and emotional elements of birth and the postpartum period. One of my favorite things about Shalene is that while she is skilled in preparing people physically and practically for birth, she has a passion for preparing the soul for birth and parenthood. I highly recommend her as a mentor and her online courses. "- Jesseca, new mom

 

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Nice to meet you!

Hi, I'm Shalene Massie, 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 Labyrinth Process Released My Fear!

"The labyrinth process surprised me with how it helped me release my fear as I anticipated labor and postpartum."- Tiffany, mom of 3

 

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Living in South Sudan

Shalene's experience living in the culture of South Sudan gave her valuable insight into a woman's natural instinct to give birth and nurture her baby through the postpartum transition. Reflecting on her experiences living with her young baby in Sudan motivated her to create Rhythm of Birth and Postpartum Journey e-courses.

"I didn't have a guide or resources neatly packaged to help me prepare for labor and navigate life after birth.  I wish I had these online courses to guide me to have peace of mind during labor and caring for my baby!" - Shalene

In our culture of much information, it can be confusing knowing what and who to trust for guidance and support. Through childbirth and the postpartum transition, Shalene will help you cultivate inner knowing as you prepare for birth, and nurture and guide your newborn.

These courses were extremely helpful!

"These courses 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 postnatal 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, mom of 2

 

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My Training:

  • Birthing From Within® Mentor and Doula Certification
  • Birthing From Within® Advanced Mentor Certification
  • Birthing From Within® Graduation Ceremony and Training
  • Postpartum Depression Training
  • Birth Story Listening Training
  • Breast Feeding Workshop
  • Claire Marie Miller, "Nurturing the Mother" Certification

More about my journey to mentor parents:

I began to hear my call to mentor couples in their birth and postpartum journey when I became pregnant with my daughter Abigail in 2008. I met a Doula and hired her to assist in my birth.  As I was pregnant, I thought about the women I met living in South Sudan. I 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. I am amazed by their primordial, instinctual, knowing and awareness of their bodies, moment to moment.  As I support women in birth, I help to cultivate this knowing and awareness.

I received amazing support from my Doulas and my husband during both my births.  As a Doula and childbirth educator, during my second pregnancy with Sierra, I embodied the pain coping practices I teach.  In active labor, in the car through a blizzard, I remained deeply present and mindful. My Doula/massage therapist supported me as my husband guided us through the snow to our home where my daughter was born in a birth pool.  Through their support, both my birth experiences were beautiful and empowering. I truly felt like a strong warrior in each moment.

I believe every woman has the strength and knowledge within herself, and with the help of her birth team, to give birth mindfully and beautifully. 

I look forward to mentoring you on your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey! ~ Shalene

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