INNATE Postpartum Care- Certification Training

A Holistic System of Care Honoring Women’s Physiologic Design

INNATE Postpartum Care- Certification Training
Created and taught by Rachelle Garcia Seliga, CPM

INNATE Postpartum Care—Certification Training is an intensive training for birthkeepers, health care professionals and traditional healers, wanting to revolutionize women’s health care through tending the postpartum period. INNATE’s training teaches theory and application of holistic postpartum care, and provides essential understandings in the creation of a thriving human culture.

Ancient postpartum traditions throughout the world—while specific to the cultural context in which they come—all share deep common roots. These postpartum traditions all point to the importance of an extended resting period, warmth, specific foods and bodywork after birth.

Many of these traditions also teach that how a mother is cared for during the postpartum time—will profoundly be reflected in her health through menopause and beyond.

These commonalities of postpartum traditions throughout the world are not a coincidence—they are rooted in our physiologic design as humans.

‘Physiologic Birth’ is now understood in the birth community and defined as: “Birth that is powered by the innate human capacity of the woman and fetus. This birth is more likely to be safe and healthy because there is no unnecessary intervention that disrupts normal physiologic processes.”

Physiologic Birth is also known as ‘Undisturbed Birth,’ and the desire for such a birth is why many women are opting for ‘Unassisted Births’—so that the most easeful, physiologic unfolding of birth can happen without interruption from well-intentioned attendants.

The same physiologic phenomenon is true for the postpartum period. We have a PHYSIOLOGIC design of what our needs are postpartum in order for optimal results to be achieved.

The optimal results in regards to the postpartum period, is not just the survival of Mother and baby—but it is the THRIVING of Mother and baby.

We have been surviving as Mothers and babies in modern times—but on a whole we have not been thriving. When women thrive, families thrive. When families thrive, communities thrive. When communities thrive so too does our beautiful Earth. Postpartum care that follows women’s physiologic mandate benefits all of humankind, and is one of the most effective ways that we may properly care for the future generations.

With the understandings of WHY proper postpartum care assures health and vitality through menopause and beyond and HOW to optimally offer this care, the dominant cultural paradigm of ‘postpartum care as a luxury,’ begins to shift to ‘postpartum care as a necessity.’

INNATE Postpartum Care Curriculum

INNATE Postpartum Care weaves together ancient teachings of the world’s postpartum traditions with the modern sciences of Epigenetics, Pre and Perinatal Psychology, the Primal Continuum, Psychoneuroimmunology and Woman-Centered Physiology and Anatomy.

Using our seven, primary energy centers as a map, we begin at the Root of the female body and work our way up to the Crown—learning about the profound physical and energetic changes of the postpartum time, and understanding their implications for women’s life-long health.

Our basic course outline


Postpartum Care as the Foundation of our Social Eco-Systems; Creating a Thriving Human Culture.

MODULE 1: Energy Center of Women’s Root—Vulva/Vagina/Pelvic Bowl

  • How women’s physiology mandates rest in the early postpartum; Postpartum REST for postmenopausal EASE.
  • How to restore and rejuvenate our root place after birth and its connection to our life-long health; explanations and applications.
  • Simple exercises for pelvic bowl health after birth and the truth about Kegels.
  • Vaginal Steams and Herbal Sitz Baths: Bringing warmth into the root to clear and heal after birth.

MODULE 2: Energy Center of the Womb

  • Uterine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise after birth as implicated by our physiologic design—caring for our long-term womanly health.
  • Understanding the physiologic implications for WARMTH after birth.
    Birth Integration—tools to assist the integration of all types of birth experiences.
  • Reconnecting with woman’s creative center: the Womb.
  • Moxabustion: Bringing warmth into the pelvis after birth for health, strength and vitality through menopause and beyond.

MODULE 3: Energy Center of the Belly

  • Understanding appropriate foods and herbs for the postpartum period through both ancient medicine and modern science.
  • ‘Motherfoods’—Supporting the Mother-baby dyad—nurturing healthy digestion and elimination for life.
  • How Mothers’ diets affect the genetic resiliency of her grandchildren.
  • Body Alignment: Using the power of postpartum hormones to rebirth ourselves into healthier body mechanics.
  • Healing Diastasis Recti (Abdominal Muscle Separation)—the importance of this restoration for long-term health.
  • Belly Binding—What our physiology speaks about this ancient practice.

MODULE 4:  Energy Center of the Breasts.

  • The Primal Continuum and Breastfeeding.
  • Supporting the Long-term Emotional Health of our Children: Babies’ Innate Intelligence and Healing Capacities.
  • Holistic Breast Care: For Breastfeeding Support and Life-long Wellness.
  • Postpartum Care—Essential to the completion of the ‘Rite of Passage’ that IS the Childbearing Continuum.
  • Postpartum Sealing and Healing Touch—Bringing Gratitude and Honor into the Postpartum Body and Spirit.

MODULE 5: Energy Center of the Throat

  • Placenta Medicine: Re-Connecting the Human Race with Life.
  • Lineage healing through pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
  • Daily self-care routines for Mothers: a Revolutionary Act of Love For All of Humankind.
  • Creating a Cultural Value of Self Care.
  • Warm Oil Postpartum Massage—for Healing and Detoxification.

MODULE 6:  Energy Center of Our ‘Third Eye.’

  • Brain Changes Through Pregnancy and Postpartum: Woman’s Intrinsic Design as Caretaker of Life.
  • The Healing Mechanisms of Postpartum Hormones.
  • Joy, Love and Ecstasy—Sorrow, Anger and Grief: NORMALIZING and embracing the Mothering Experience.
  • How our physiologic design demands community support during the postpartum period— and creating this reality.
  • Mother as Soul of Family and the implication for Earth’s health.
  • Understanding and working with Elemental Medicine.

MODULE 7: Energy Center of the Crown

  • Birthkeeper as Healer—with Implicit Power, Privilege and Responsibilities.
  • Beyond ‘Cultural Competency’ and Liberation through Truth.
  • Bringing Ceremony Back into our Modern Lives: Weaving Your Genetic Wisdom into your Postpartum Practice.

INNATE Postpartum Care- Certification Training also covers: INNATE Postpartum Care – Certification Training also covers: 

  • How to integrate INNATE Postpartum Care into your own practice: postpartum care is currently a missing piece of well-woman care and is a NECESSITY not a luxury.
  • How to present yourself to your community as a INNATE Postpartum Care—Certified Provider; creating abundance through your work.
  • Traditional medicine of women: postpartum bodywork techniques that do not require licensure to perform; enhancing your practice and deeply benefit the women you serve.
  • Understanding our bodies as women and in so doing, understanding the inherent perfection of Creation.

INNATE Postpartum Care is dedicated to the ancestral wisdom of humanity.  We
offer perspective on the postpartum period not found in many of the resources currently available.  We understand that traditional medicinal knowledge and practices can create social healing, AND THAT this traditional medicinal knowledge is stored within our blood memory, within the Earth, Air, Water and Fire.  The more we heal ourselves—the more ACCESS we have to his knowledge.  We understand ancient postpartum traditions are based in our physiologic design, and offer to us a blueprint of everything we need in order to thrive as newborn families.

CERTIFICATION TRAINING is 4-full days of holistic postpartum information PLUS hands-on application of postpartum techniques.

After the completion of our training and when possible, a Temazcal/Sweatlodge—is offered to all participants.  The purpose of this ceremony is to take care of ourselves as birthkeepers, health care providers and traditional healers.  Working with birthing and postpartum women is tremendous work, requiring impeccable management of our own energy.  As well, being in these positions of care providers within our own communities REQUIRES of us that we tend to our own healing, so that we may serve in integrity.  The Temazcal/Sweatlodge allows us to participate in our own self-care, gain perspective and heal our own birth and lineage traumas, so that we may optimally support women doing the same.

To become CERTIFIED as an INNATE Postpartum Care Provider, the following requirements must be met within 6 months of completion of training:

  1. Required reading of 4 books.
  2. Three Case Studies applying INNATE Postpartum Care teachings.
  3. One hour phone consultation with Rachelle.  Phone consultations are $147 and can be scheduled/payed for under the SESSIONS section of my website.
  4. Certification Paperwork (Certification Document, Resource List, Practicioners Directory Info, etc) completed.
    ***For details of Certification Requirements, please visit the FAQ Page

A Healing For Humankind Through Tending The Postpartum Period


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  • New Orleans, Louisiana:  January 26th-29th
  • Santa Rosa, California:  March 16th-19th
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico:  May 3rd-6th
  • Remaining 2018 trainings TBA

Cost of 4-day intensive trainings is $647.
Cost of 5-day intensive trainings in Taos, NM is $747.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for questions in regards to:

  • Money Matters—Scholarships, Payment Plans, etc.
  • Course Schedule
  • Logistics of INNATE’s training

Course purchase is non-refundable.  You may gift or sell your space to another participant if you are unable to attend.


  • San Diego, California: February 23-26th ***SOLD OUT***
  • Bemidiji, Minnesota: April 6th-April 9th ***SOLD OUT***
  • Seattle, Washington: June 9th-12th ***SOLD OUT***
  • Saskatoon, SK, Canada: July 26th-29th ***SOLD OUT***
  • Taos, New Mexico (5-day training): September 27th-October 1st ***SOLD OUT***
  • Brooklyn, New York: December 1st-4th ***SOLD OUT***

2016 DATES:

  • LOS ANGELES, CA: JULY 29th – AUGUST 1st ***SOLD OUT***

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