Yesterday we looked at postpartum recovery beliefs and practices from cultures around the world. I mentioned that Julia’s mom was very encouraging (okay, more like adamant!) that she look into a special Chinese food delivery service designed just for her postpartum recovery. Julia’s mom really wanted her to follow the Chinese postpartum recovery traditions.
The Chinese postpartum recovery tradition is called zuo yue zhi literally called the “sitting month” in Chinese. Mommy Expert Josephine did this after the birth of Alexis, and this is what she said:
“I was basically confined to bed as the postpartum nurse took care of the baby and cooked meals for me. As part of the ritual you are supposed to rest and let your body recover. Standing, walking, holding the baby (unless for breastfeeding), being exposed to the cold, and to cold foods were forbidden. Some strict rules include no showering as that will expose you to cold. Luckily modern day rules allow you to shower now.”
Because rest is so important in the Chinese belief during the postpartum month for new mothers, it’s common for female relatives of the new mother to stay and care for her and prepare her meals according to the Chinese traditions. Alternatively, hired, live-in help can also be brought in to care for the new mother and handle household activities – just as Mother Expert Joesphine did.
Since Julia’s mom was planning to fly in from Taiwan right before the birth, it wasn’t necessary to hire anyone. Julia’s mom just suggested she just look into Chinese services that delivered the traditional postpartum meals. Because of this, we were pleasantly surprised when we found Liu Mama, and today we’ll feature a Daddy Spotlight with Allan Liu of Liu Mama in our postpartum recovery series.
From the get-go, I was deeply entrenched with research on postpartum recovery beliefs and practices in non-Western cultures, and I was more intrigued and appreciative that such a service like Liu Mama existed after looking into it more.
I believe that modern moms today not only want what’s best for their babies but want to take care of themselves. So for women who want to focus on nourishing themselves back to health after giving birth, it’s beneficial to share the various options like Liu Mama that are available. I know if it were me, I wouldn’t know how to find such resources or know to look for them, so that’s why I’m excited to talk more about it here on Tyckled Tales.