Shelley Rahim is wildly passionate about changing the culture of postpartum care in America. She believes families and friends want to do more than just drop off meals and help with chores–they want to offer loving care. Shelley understands families may be unsure how to do that but they are willing to learn new traditions and techniques to support the new mother in a meaningful way. Shelley’s expertise is just what they need!
New Mother Caregiving’s resources walk families through the process step-by-step ensuring that the care they provide is organized, thorough and nourishing. When this is the case, families heal, bond and thrive.
Together we will transform the state of postpartum care in America!
Shelley felt called to devote her life to serving mothers after becoming a mother herself in 1992. Finally, in 2007, after her third baby was born, she began her education and career working with families during the perinatal year.
Shelley’s style of postpartum caregiving is an authentic blend of East and West traditions, of which she infuses with love, wisdom and a deep reverence for every mother.
Since the 1970s there has been a cultural expectation put on women to “do it all.” In this pursuit of perfection, the art of caregiving for new mothers fell by the wayside, resulting in an American culture that lacks understanding of the needs of postpartum mothers.
For example, my own American mother was a career oriented, single-mother who realized she lacked the skills and knowledge of how to care for me during the postpartum phase of motherhood. On the contrary, my Pakistani husband’s family knew what my needs were and how to pamper me for two months. Throughout my journey of becoming a mother-of-three, I have experienced both types of care; Southeast Asian postpartum traditions and American-style postpartum care. These experiences have inspired me to make it my life mission to understand why the American culture has lost this value and how I can help forge a new path for future generations.
I was horrified. I made a silent vow to properly feed every mother I serve from that point forward. Never again will I allow a post-birth mother to put junk food in her amazing, divine body again.
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