On this globe, each country differentiates from another on the basis of several things like custom, tradition, language, norm, value, and culture. What is taboo in one country could be a quotidian activity in another. Same goes with the practices of confinement. In some cultures, women and their newborns are forbidden to step outside their houses during the first month of recuperation. However, many other cultures encourage new mothers to join various workout plans and activities right after their childbirth.
To observe various bizarre yet inimitable ways of giving care to the mother and child after birth by the confinement nanny in different countries, we have listed below some of our favourite practices.
In Indian culture, the new mother and child observe a confinement period that varies between 40 to 60 days, depending on the region. During this time, special care is given to both mother and newborn. The mother is not allowed to take a simple shower but is bathed with herbal water, followed by a special massage. Regular massages are given to both newborn and the mother with various oil blends and sometimes mustard oil.
Haiti is not lagging behind any region when it comes to providing the best care after childbirth. Mothers are regularly treated with endless massages, warm baths, and hot teas. These treatments are believed to provide instantaneous convalesce and repair any muscle or tissue that is bruised during childbirth.
Depending on the heritage of a mother, whether it is Indian or Chinese, women observe a confinement period that varies between 30 to 44 days. In many cases around Malaysia, special confinement nannies are hired to provide daily massages and to bind the belly with a post-natal corset. Hot stones are also placed on the abdomen in order to cleanse the womb.
Greece has rather superstitious beliefs linked to the period right after childbirth. During the confinement period, the mother is allowed to meet and greet with friends and family where she receives gifts from everyone. These gifts mostly include either gold or silver coins to ward off what they call as an “evil eye”. It is also believed that if a mother meets with an eye that is envious of her, bad luck may follow.
Guatemala has an extremely difficult confinement routine that extends to as much as nine months. The confinement period in Guatemala is known as “Cuarentena” in which a woman is not allowed to leave the house for nine months. This is because in this culture it is feared that women can get exposed to unnecessary evil spirits as well as illness. It is believed that mothers may encounter ill-tidings of the neighbours which can result in bad luck.
A confinement period is said to be mainly linked with the Chinese tradition but even in China harsh means are not followed after the childbirth. Allowing the mother to observe a month of immense care can boost their recovery process and is definitely well worth the price of engaging a confinement nanny.