As any mother can tell you, giving birth is at once joyful, fearful, and painful. While you are ecstatic to bring new life into the world, you are also scared of the process, and worried about what type of a mother you will be. In addition, there are all sorts of other concerns as well, including many about how your recovery will go. Fortunately for new mothers, confinement is the chance they need to recover, get to know their new child, and sort out all of the feelings new motherhood carries with it.
Confinement of course is the period following childbirth in which a woman confines herself to her home. This essential time for mothers to rest and recuperate after the birth of their child is incredibly important in a number of ways. Women use this time to heal from childbirth, address their emotional health and needs, learn to nurse their child (if it is their first born), and develop the beginnings of a strong bond that will link mother to child forever. This is also an important time to learn how to be a mother, a process that can be aided by the services of a confinement nanny.
Many mothers choose to employ confinement nannies during this time, women who are specially trained and licensed to provide for the unique needs of postpartum mothers and their little ones. These women offer a range of services, including hygiene, baby care, mother care, culinary services, herbal services, and many more. These women provide invaluable services to women who have just given birth, including not only the services mentioned above, but also practical advice about being a parent. Which as all new mothers know, you aren't born with!
In Western cultures, confinement is not practiced, which is a disservice to mothers there.
After a brief stay at the hospital, they are sent home with their child, where they are left to take care of themselves as well as their new baby. The lucky ones will have a female relative arrive and help out for a few days, but for most mothers they find themselves alone after just a few weeks. This is one reason that postpartum depression is so prevalent among new mothers there. Hopefully the idea of confinement will one day make it to mothers there. Thankfully for new mothers here, confinement is an age old practice that today combines tradition, practicality, education, recuperation, and medicine.