Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge left the hospital with the new royal baby 7 hours after having a baby. However, for some cultures, it is important for new mothers to stay indoors after giving birth and to practice a certain kind of diet to assist with recovery. Have you heard about Zuo Yuezi (坐月子) as a way of postnatal care?
Zuo Yuezi is a traditional Chinese way of postnatal care in which new mothers adopt a series of self-care practices immediately after delivery. It involves a period of ‘self-confinement’ up to 30 days during which time mothers typically stay indoors, minimise most physical movements and consume specific foods and drinks to help her body to recover.
The ideas are rooted in traditional Chinese medicinal principles where the body is in a state of constant flux between ‘yin’ (cold energies) and ‘yang’ (hot energies). New mothers are considered to be in an overall ‘cold’ state and are required to replenish ‘warmer’ energies to restore the balance of the body. Some customs have evolved over the centuries.
Below are some different practices between traditional practices and mainstream suggestions:
Some Chinese mums will still practice Zuo Yuezi even if they have been living outside of China for a long time. The more the mainstream healthcare professionals understand these traditional practices, the more holistic support they can provide to new Chinese mothers.
As a participant of the 'Maternal Care, the Chinese Way' Workshop, you can:
Get tips from the best experts: A professional nutritionist, renowned Chinese medicine practitioner, experienced mental health professional, and one of the UK’s most popular Chinese parenting bloggers will be there to share their experience and knowledge about practising maternal care and confinement period in the UK.
Meet friends from different backgrounds: You will have the opportunity to meet other Chinese
parents and parents-to-be in the city who have shared or will share the same journey as you.
Date: Monday 22nd October 2018
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Venue: Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Market Buildings, 13 Thomas St, Manchester, M4 1EU. See map here.
This series of workshops is initiated in partnership with London Chinese Community Centre, Chinese Community Centre – Birmingham, Manchester Chinatown Lions Club, Manchester Chinatown Business Association and UK-Chinese Time.
The workshop will be conducted in Mandarin. The £3 admission fee will be donated to the above charities.
Please note tickets are sold on first come, first served basis. Register now HERE.