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Postpartum Care Experiences Around the Globe

Postpartum Care Experiences around the Globe.

Postpartum care varies dramatically around the world and is dependent on cultural, social, and economic factors. Here are some variations:

1. United States of America

Postpartum care in the United States is typically limited to a six-week check-up with a healthcare provider. After that, care is primarily left up to new mothers and their support system to manage. Some families opt for private postpartum doulas or in-home nursing care to support the mother’s recovery.


A doula can be an excellent resource to support and educate the family both pre and postnatally.

2. China

Following childbirth, new mothers in China are often subjected to a month-long confinement period known as “zuò yuè zi.” With this practice, new mothers are not allowed to leave their homes, are only allowed to eat certain foods, and must avoid any strenuous physical activity.


New mothers are encouraged to eat specific foods to aid their post-birth recovery.

3. Finland

In Finland, new mothers are provided with a comprehensive package of postpartum care that includes regular check-ups, home visits from healthcare providers, and support for breastfeeding. They are also given a äitiyspakkaus (translates to ‘maternity package’) more commonly known as the ‘baby box’ which contains lots of useful items for both mum and baby.


The Finnish ‘baby box’ or äitiyspakkaus has been distributed for over 85 years to all new mothers.

4. Japan

Japanese postpartum care centres on the mother’s recovery, with a focus on restoring her health and energy. They often participate in a practice known as “sankanbi,” where mothers and their newborns stay in a specialised postpartum care centre for the first few days after birth. They are cared for by midwives who help with breastfeeding, diaper changes, and maternal care, including massages to help the body recover.


A beautiful Japanese lady with her new baby.

5. Mexico

In Mexico, postpartum care is focused on providing nourishment and rest for new mothers. They are often encouraged to consume “caldo de pollo,” (see link for a recipe) a chicken soup believed to aid in postpartum recovery. Mothers are often advised to stay indoors and avoid any physical activity for the first 40 days after giving birth.


A delicious bowl of ‘caldo de pollo’ soup, believed to aid postpartum recovery.

6. Sweden

In Sweden, postpartum care is primarily provided by midwives and includes frequent home visits, support for breastfeeding, and mental health screenings. New mothers are also provided with paid parental leave to allow them to focus on their recovery and bonding with their newborns.


Swedish mothers are offered breastfeeding support as standard care.

7. United Kingdom

In the U.K. women are often discharged from the hospital or birthing centre just hours after welcoming their new baby into the world. Whilst the standard length of maternity leave (9 months paid) is generous compared to many other countries, there is no standard of postpartum/breastfeeding/mental health support following the birth. Many new mothers are often ‘back to normal’ completing chores and other childcare tasks within days.


You can take your baby home to meet the family just hours after their birth in the United Kingdom.

These are just a few examples of the different approaches to postpartum care around the world. Each culture and region has its own unique customs and practices influenced by factors such as tradition, religion, and economic resources. Can you add to our list with more postpartum care traditions?

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