Postpartum Recovery Center: Would You Do It?



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Could you imagine having your baby and then not going home for a month? Instead, going to a postpartum maternity home where you could be taken care of and have time to recover from childbirth?

Apparently, this is a common thing in some Asian cultures, who believe that a new mom needs a month or more to bounce back from birth -- this period is called the "sitting month." Women are supposed to stay inside, rest, and be taken care of. When family is nearby, they tend to mom and baby. But if no family is present, some moms go these postpartum centers to be cared for.

New moms definitely need help -- no doubt about that.

I don't know what's involved or how much care like this would cost but, if money and circumstances made it possible, would you want to go to a postpartum recovery center? Do you think it would be a good thing for you and your family?




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athenax3 athenax3

You are right Krissy- some do need a little extra help, especially if they are suffering from sleep deprivation and/or ppd...under those circumstances perhaps even I might want at least one of my sisters to come over for a few weeks.....

TinaM TinaM

yes i think itd be great to have the option

LilSt... LilStar9905

I'd prefer to stay with my baby after birth and in my own home where i am quite content. I'm sure this would benefit some.

eema.... eema.gray

My SIL is Asian American. After the birth of both her babies, her mother came and lived with them for about two months or so. We were told it was some sort of cultural thing but not much more than that; now I know! I don't think I would go to a recovery center - there's something so comforting about home - but I love the idea of having people around who expect to take care of you for a month or more.

There's a similar idea in the Jewish tradition where a new mother and her baby were confined for a month or two months after birth, presumably to help her and take care of her until she had finished bleeding and had physically healed.

Actually, until fairly recently, it was pretty much expected for women to take some time off their feet after a baby was born. My grandmother says she wasn't allowed to so much as sit up in a chair for a full week after each of her boys was born. While that's taking things to an extreme, there is something to be said for taking some time to relax and let other people do the doing for a few days or weeks.

Butte... Butterflysky_24

i wouldnt go to some place, i'd rather be at home but have someone hired to help around the house and with the baby. but who can afford that...

Tracys2 Tracys2

It depends on your question- the article states this is for women without family to take care of you. I don't think many women recovering from C-sections without any family would turn this down.

It would be nice to get advice from professionals who are there in person to demonstrate instead of a book (a lot of those books are terrible)

Personally, I would have liked to have people around after my babies were born (apart from DH for a few days and MIL a couple times, there was nobody to talk to and being home was very isolating), but I also don't generally like to be looked after. MIL did it and nicely and it still drove me nuts. I think I prefer it when I have to do stuff immediately after getting back, though I did have some help from DH. If I had no family around, for my first baby something like this would have been great!  My after pregnancies, I have my other kids to look after and recovery is so much easier most of the time.

Pollymom Pollymom

I don't know if I would consider a place like that even if I had lots of money. I would just keep my hubby home for a month to take care of me. LOL

If I had a bunch of money, I'd also have a housekeeper and a cook though.....

Spiri... SpiritedTigress

I would like to go for a week, but not a month. And only if i took the baby with me! And only if my fiancee (the father of the child) could stay as well. I cant sleep without him.

nonmember avatar lady

I would def. go. I needed that after giving birth to my daughter. My husband tried, but I could've used help from people that understood what I was going through.

madam... madamekatekate

I don't think I'd go to any sort of center for a month to rest up. Ya, I would need rest but I fortunately have good family here that can help me.

I can't imagine being away for the first month of my baby's life!

I did enjoy having my mom come over and do my dishes and take care of my daughter while I did nothing but sleep though...THAT is priceless.

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