Tag Archives: Chinese postpartum confinement

Mums around the World — no hairwashing in Taiwan

Last year I was contacted by a journalist, who wanted to quote me regarding my experiences on zuo yuezi (Chinese postpartum confinement).  And finally, I got the result: part of a feature article titled ‘Mums around the world’ in the … Continue reading

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Basil omelette

Sometimes the best food is simple.  And the special zuo yuezi (Chinese postpartum confinement) foods prepared for new mothers to help them recover after childbirth need not be complicated to cook, either.  I have been inspired by the Windmill cookbook … Continue reading

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My stay in a baby hotel: Centered on Taipei Magazine

The September issue of Centered on Taipei magazine is out now.  There are a range of interesting articles about places to go and things to see in Taiwan.  And on page 20, there is an article about my overnight ‘factfinding’ … Continue reading

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The Mummy Wrap

As a foreigner undergoing Chinese postpartum confinement (zuo yuezi), I was less bound by tradition than, say, a Taiwanese woman being cared for by her mother-in-law.  And one of the traditions I decided to ditch without really investigating beforehand was the … Continue reading

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Windmill: food delivery for new mothers

Did you know that in Taiwan there is a company that delivers specially prepared meals to new mothers daily, rain, hail, typhoon or even Chinese New Year?  And that they tailor all meals for mothers undergoing traditional Chinese postpartum confinement (zuo yuezi), using … Continue reading

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Why is spending money on zuo yuezi confronting?

I am passionate about promoting the benefits of the Chinese postpartum retreat (zuo yuezi) for new mothers. Yet I have noticed that my enthusiasm is not always shared by ‘Western’ mothers. In fact, I am finding that this is a … Continue reading

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How a postpartum confinement centre operates

What is it like to run a baby hotel?  And what do most Taiwanese women expect when they stay in one? Do women sneak out?  Are babies put on strict schedules? In my quest to learn more about Chinese postpartum confinement — … Continue reading

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Sleepover in a luxury baby hotel

I have always been fascinated with Taiwanse-style postpartum confinement centres (aka baby hotel), having an almost voyeuristic need to find out what happens behind the scenes.  So I was so excited to sleepover at the luxurious, newly opened Wenhua-Garden Postpartum Nursing … Continue reading

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Forbidden fruits: eating fruit during zuo yuezi

During my month-long Chinese postpartum retreat (坐月子, zuò yuè zi), I ate fruit after nearly every meal.  My hospital meals usually came with sliced papaya or an apple.  And when I returned home, my Chinese postpartum doula (yuepo) would slice pieces of fruit and … Continue reading

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Zuo Yuezi and Traditional Chinese Medicine

This blog post features an interview with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner, Ms Mi-Chen (Claire) Shen-Tonge, about zuo yuezi (Chinese postpartum confinement).  Claire is a classically trained acupuncturist and TCM practitioner, who graduated with a five-year bachelors degree from the Tianjin Traditional Chinese Medicine … Continue reading

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