Originally Posted by AngeliqueW
My understanding is that it can be a way to nurture the mother. Family and friends do the shopping, come by to cook and clean, offer general support.
i live in germany and gave birth to my sweet dd in winter 4 years ago. since i was a single mother (and in germany we have the legal right to take paid maternity protection for at least 6 weeks after birth - up to 1 year, without a paycheck of course
)) i participated in a voluntary program that is offered in my city. it is called "wellcome" and it helps new mums/families within the first weeks/months with the new baby. my family lives quiet far away, so i took part of this program.
a really nice, older woman came to my apartment everyday to do shopping/cleaning and supporting wherever i needed it. it was so precious, i sometimes still think about it.
du to that i was able to cuddle with my little one almost all day in bed, nurse her around the clock and rest my body.
it was great.
midwifes in germany recommend to stay inside at least 4 weeks after birth, but only a few women here in germany still do that - too much stress (other kids, jobs, husband....). i am really happy that i did it and would like to do it again if i ever got pregnant again.