Postpartum Mother Roasting

"Mother Roasting" is a funny name for the practice of keeping a woman warm immediately after and for the first few weeks following labour and birth.

In many cultures around the world, a fire is built either under or beside the bed to warm mother and baby after birth. The heat creates a warm, comfortable room which allows the mother and baby to bond closely, skin-to-skin.

Tribal people gave a number of reasons for the use of fire and heat. They said it dried up lochial discharge, helped to shrink the uterus,...

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