Yet nothing quite prepared me for the barrage that mothers face in China. New mothers will tell you that having a baby brings an endless stream of well-meaning, yet unsolicited advice.
To them, it was logical to invest thousands of dollars in special confinement food and advice from so-called “experts.” Some even gushed about rich friends who had spent tens of thousands of US dollars on fancy confinement hotels where they could take home the towels and baby’s changing table.
A ‘diagnosis’ describes your child’s abilities, difficulties and needs.
And it can help guide treatment and intervention for your child and help your child get services and funding to support his development – for example, extra help at school.
Imagine not being able to wash your hair, or go outside for a month after giving birth! Confinement is an ancient tradition dating back 2000 years, but it is still widely practiced throughout Asia today.
Zouyuzei literally means “sitting out the month.” During the first 30 days, mothers are expected to remain indoors and follow a complex set of rules to care for themselves.