Siddhartha is my inspiration for this post! Our good friends Chitra and Prashant brought Sidi into this world back in February 2014 and we have had the honor of seeing him quite often before they shipped off to California! Next week I will be taking my Motherhood Prenatal Certification with Leslie Stanger here in Boston. While studying Ayurvedic bodywork in India last year I was fascinated about the pre/post natal care there. In small villages of Kerala, mothers to be would go to stay with Amma & Acha for a month or two before childbirth to prepare for the baby to come. During this time they are massaged daily to assure good baby positioning.
When my friend Chitra gave birth, her Amma (Induaunty) came and brought Dhanwantharam Kuzhambu from Kerala, India. This is for any physical aches /swelling, you would apply "Dhanwantharam Kuzhambu" (see picture below) 30 minutes before the bath(it's like a thick-stinky oil and lightly massaged on). "This oil is used for massage for ladies, after delivery, to improve body strength and is also used as massage oil for babies." (www.ayurmedinfo.com)
India has a wonderful tradition where a pregnant woman stays with her parents three months before and after having the baby to ensure that she gets abundant rest, support and nurturing. This enables a woman to recover from the extraordinary mental and physical stresses placed on her through childbearing, allowing her the relaxed time and assistance needed to bond with the baby. Post-natal care typically an elder lady will come home and give a massage & steamy bath for the mother and a massage bath for the baby. This care would be done daily for at least a month to help build strength and immunity in both Mother and child Also within the initial 90 days traditionally the mother would consume most parts of a goat. The goat would be cooked in different ways- Soup/curry/whatever form. When I say a whole goat, I mean everything such as the brain-the goat is the most compatible to us humans and is meant to help restore the mother after she has given everything to her child during the birthing process.
It sounds like an amazing process! Once I get my Pre/Post-Natal Certification I hope to include some Ayurvedic practices in these treatments-I promise you I won't feed you goat:)