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During the postpartum period, lying in, is a practice in which the new mother is expected to stay in bed after delivering her baby, while the people in her family, namely the women, attend to her needs and the needs of the household. Many cultures believe that a woman should stay in bed for around 40 days (Does the 6-week postpartum visit make sense now?) subsequent to delivery.
In Latinx communities, the custom of cuarentena, literally translating to “quarantine,” is a 40-day postpartum period in which women focus on rest, abstain from sex, eat certain foods, and are specially cared for by their community while they bond with their newborn. In Chinese culture, Zuo Yue Zi ("doing the month") is a rest and dietary framework for new mothers. Some East Indian cultures encourage a 40-day confinement period and a specific Ayurvedic diet. Many of these cultural practices also include prayers, blessings, ritual baths, belly binding, and massages to promote health, wellness, and overall postpartum healing. Sadly, in the United States, these 40 days merely mark the moment in time when a woman is cleared to go back to work and is a pitiful reflection of the fact that the "most developed country in the world" does not have any specific postpartum care practices.
And for this reason, we have The Omugwo Box.
About Dr. Temi:
Dr. Temi Aregbesola-Okere, founder and creator of The Omugwo Box, is a proud Nigerian-American. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York by two immigrant parents who rooted her deeply in Nigerian culture. After the birth of her second son, she was seeking a set of products to help her with postpartum self-care. Frustrated with the lack of attention to Black and Brown women of African descent, she took it upon herself to create The Omugwo Box. With her background in public health, she is fully aware of the disparities in healthcare that exist for minority women, and hopes to close the postpartum care gap by catering to Black and Brown women all over the world.
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