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

Regitration is now closed for INNATE Postpartum Care Certification In-Person August 2019

Registration is now open for INNATE’s IN-PERSON Training for DECEMBER 2019! Click Here to Enroll.

INNATE Postpartum Care—Certification Training is an intensive training for ALL birth and health care professionals who understand the deep need to UPLEVEL the type of postpartum care women currently receive. A holistic approach to postpartum physiology and psychology undergirds INNATE’s entire training, offering essential understandings into the necessary requirements for healthy Mothers and families – and thus the necessary requirements in the creation of a thriving human culture.

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for 27 continuing education contact hours, and by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) for 28 continuing education contact hours.

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. Supporting the normal physiologic processes of labor and birth -even in the presence of complications- has the potential to enhance best outcomes for Mother and infant.”

The same physiologic phenomenon is true for the postpartum period.  We have a PHYSIOLOGIC design of what our needs are postpartum in order to enhance best outcomes from Mother and infant.

The best outcomes for Mother and infants are not only their capacity to survive, but also their capacity to THRIVE.

We have been surviving as Mothers and infants in modern times—but on a whole we have not been thriving.  Maternal health is foundational to society’s health, and so, to tend to children’s health -our future generations- we must begin by tending to the Mothers.

INNATE Postpartum Care emphasizes the ‘WHY’ behind postpartum care.  When we understand ‘WHY’ we do something, we understand the reasons and purpose of it.  When we understand the reasons and purposes of it, we begin to value it.  We come together in INNATE’s trainings to understand ‘WHY’ proper postpartum care assure health and vitality through menopause and beyond.  This ‘WHY’ is what has been largely forgotten in modern culture and postpartum care; even when the ‘HOW’ is remembered.  When we interweave the ‘WHY’ of postpartum care with the ‘HOW’ to optimally offer this care, the dominant cultural paradigm of ‘proper postpartum care as luxury,’ begins to shift to ‘postpartum care as necessity.’

INNATE Postpartum Care Curriculum

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

Using the female body as a map- beginning at the pelvic floor and ending at the head- we learn about the profound changes that occur through the childbearing continuum, understanding the implications of physiologic appropriate postpartum care- for women’s life-long health.


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

MODULE 1: PELVIC FLOOR health in relation to WHOLE HEALTH

  • How women’s physiology mandates rest in the early postpartum period
  • The connection between postpartum rest and menopausal health
  • A holistic approach to ‘Reproductive Mental Health’
  • Pelvic health and -access- to proper postpartum care
  • Restoration and rejuvenation of the pelvis after birth; pelvic health in relation to women’s life-long health
  • Postpartum self-care applications to facilitate long-term healing
  • Simple exercises for pelvic bowl health after birth and the truth about Kegels

MODULE 2: UTERINE health in relation to WHOLE HEALTH

  • Uterine Anatomy and Physiology in relation to women’s life-long health
  • Exercise after birth as implicated by our physiologic design—women’s health continuum
  • 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: ABDOMINAL health in relation to WHOLE HEALTH

  • Digestion throughout the childbearing continuum and appropriate postpartum foods
  • ‘Motherfoods’—Supporting the Mother-baby dyad—nurturing healthy digestion and elimination for life
  • Understanding the role of food postpartum to prevent and treat perinatal mood disorders
  • How Mothers’ diets affect the genetic resiliency of her grandchildren
  • Body Alignment: harvesting the benefits of postpartum hormones
  • 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: BREAST health in relation to WHOLE HEALTH

  • The Primal Continuum and Breastfeeding
  • Understanding exo-gestation for optimal postpartum healing
  • Supporting the long-term mental and emotional health of infants-toddlers-children
  • 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—the role of honor and gratitude in postpartum healing

MODULE 5: THROAT health in relation to WHOLE HEALTH 

  • Cross-cultural significance of the Placenta:  Re-Connecting the Human Race with Life
  • Lineage healing through pregnancy, birth and postpartum- shadow work for postpartum healing
  • Thyroid health in relation to whole-body health
  • Daily self-care routines for Mothers: a Revolutionary Act of Love For All of Humankind
  • Creating a Cultural Value of Self Care
  • Supporting the physiology of bonding and attachment in family systems: Warm Oil Postpartum Massage


  • Brain Changes Through Pregnancy and Postpartum: Woman’s Intrinsic Design as Caretaker of Life
  • The Healing Mechanisms of Postpartum Hormones
  • Our postpartum physiologic design which requires community – and creating this reality
  • Maternal health- foundational to society’s health
  • Understanding and working with Elemental Medicine


  • Birth and Health Care Workers—Implicit Power, Privilege and Responsibilities
  • ‘Cultural Competency’ in relation to optimal postpartum care
  • Reproductive Justice and Birth Disparities- through a nervous system perspective
  • The Importance of Bringing Ceremony Back into our Modern Lives: Weaving Your Genetic Wisdom into your Postpartum Practice

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.
  • More then 10 postpartum bodywork techniques that do not require licensure to perform; which can alternatively also be shared as self-care practices.
  • Understanding our bodies as women and in so doing, understanding the inherent perfection of Creation.

INNATE Postpartum Care is in honor of the ancestral wisdom of humanity and dedicated to the future generations. 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 5 full days of holistic postpartum information PLUS hands-on application of postpartum techniques.

At the 5-day INNATE trainings, a Temazcal/sweatlodge is an optional offering to all participants at the conclusion of the training. The purpose of this ceremony is to take care of ourselves as birth and health care providers. Working with women and families within the childbearing continuum is tremendous work, and requires 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 and families in 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 $211 and can be scheduled/paid 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

Enroll here

2019 IN-PERSON INNATE Postpartum Care – Certification Training SCHEDULE:

      • August 28th-September 1st: Taos, New Mexico ***SOLD OUT***
      • December 4th-8th: Taos, New Mexico


      • Course cost is: $1227
        (When trainings happen in Taos, New Mexico, we prepare lunches for students all 5 days, and our time together concludes with ceremony.)

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.


      • Albuquerque, New Mexico: December 1st-4th ***SOLD OUT***
      • New Orleans, Louisiana:  January 26th-29th ***SOLD OUT***
      • Sebastopol, California:  March 16th-19th ***SOLD OUT***
      • RETREAT in Taos, New Mexico: August 22nd-26th ***SOLD OUT***


      • 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***
      • BOULDER, COLORADO: OCTOBER 27th – 30th ***SOLD OUT***

Please CONTACT US with any questions you may have.