Traditions around the world are incorporated into the organic process of birth that tend to prevent postpartum depression.
Around the world, there are rituals and practices that nurture the new mother into the new role of motherhood. These traditions prevent postpartum depression by providing support without providing a diagnosis or inducing shame in the mother (or father.) In Latin America, there is “la cuarantena” wherein the mom does not leave the house (or sometimes even her room) for 40 days and eats special foods
In Nigerian culture, we have the “omugwo” wherein a maternal female relative (usually MGM) goes to stay with new mom and baby, educates mom about all things related to the postpartum and also takes care of the household chores.
In Indian culture, there is belly binding, a special postnatal diet, and baths with specific aromas.
In France, we have the postpartum physical therapist come in to teach the new mother how to do Kegel exercises and such so that she will not be peeing her pants at the age of 50 and so that her and husband can have great sex again.
In the United States, we have the Postpartum Project, a cultural tradition where a mother can hire a postpartum specialist who will come to her home and care for her in myriad ways.
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