The excitement that surrounds an expectant parent starts building as soon as the good news is shared. As their burgeoning belly grows so does attention from others. Baby’s arrival brings relatives, friends, and neighbors…at first. But as the much-awaited birth comes and goes, so do the people. Often this can leave a new parent feeling isolated, tired, and depressed.
In some cultures, the new parent is relieved of their daily duties and attended to for up to 40 days postpartum. Special restorative foods are brought to the parent, they are taken care of by members of their family, and the sole responsibility for the parent is to bond with their new baby. This is known as a babymoon. In our culture, 40 days after birth typically sees the end of a parent's maternity leave!
♥ four young boys and a boy dog (offspring)