First Month Confinement Retreat Center
Embrace your new beginning with First Month
Congratulations!The birth of a child is a blessing and the gift of a wonderful journey through many wonderful first experiences for the new mum and dad. The first weeks and months of the newborn’s life will see great developments in his or her growth and wellbeing, and the establishment of that special bond between parent and child. But in between the feeding, changing diapers, washing chores, followed by more feeding, washing and more diaper change, the body of the new mum can have little rest in the first days and weeks, let alone begin the necessary restoration process to recover from child birth.
The Chinese Confinement Practice
The traditional practice of ‘confinement’ in many societies is intended to restore the health and wellbeing of the mother following childbirth. In Chinese culture, confinement (“zuò yuè 坐月”) is typically for a period of 28 to 45 days immediately following the birthing process, during which the mum retreats to a restful environment and her health is nourished through carefully prepared and nutritious herbal tonic soups and food. Postpartum confinement for the mother and child has a long history and tradition in the Chinese culture, drawing from the healing practices of our ancestors. As the new mother’s body is weakened following the birth process, it is believed that a disciplined intake of the special postpartum diet is vital to removes blood clotting, dispels winds, promotes ‘chi’ & blood, and to strengthens bones & tendons. This speedy rebalancing of the mother’s health is vital in avoiding potential health problems many years later, such as migraines, joint pains and back aches.