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Welcome Rachel, Our New Postpartum Community Fellow!

Updated: Apr 25, 2023

Hello Mamas!

My name is Rachel, I am an occupational therapy doctoral student. I will be transitioning into the Postpartum Community Manager role, as Jennie transitions out.

Before occupational therapy school, I was a full-time nanny for 2 children and have always enjoyed working with children. While in occupational therapy school I completed two rotations, one being in pediatrics. I treated children with many different diagnoses from autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and more. My time in the pediatric rotation opened my eyes to maternal health as I became very interested in the topic. I loved discussing with the moms and learning about their different experiences transitioning into motherhood.

Maternal mental health is a non-traditional topic for occupational therapists. OTs address important life role transitions and role attainment as you are adjusting to motherhood. OTs also look at how the body, mind, and environment impact daily performance in your everyday occupations. OTs recognize that almost all occupations are shared by you (the mama) and your baby which becomes co-occupations that require education, skills training, and support for these new demands in your daily occupations. My goal in working with Nicky is to explore different ways to promote women’s health, especially in the postpartum period, and advocate for mothers' mental and physical health.

I will be continuing the postpartum services transitioning into motherhood, that Jennie started.

I can support mothers with the following:

- Home management (laundry, cleaning)

- Daily scheduling/time management

- Modifications/adaptations

- Other

I can support children with the following:

- Playtime

- Independent eating/dressing/toileting

- Socialization

- Encouraging milestones

These services will be available Monday-Wednesday and will be based on availability. These services will start April 17, 2023. If you are interested, please email me at and I will set up a 15-minute meeting to get to know you and how I can best assist you.

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