I'm six weeks away from my due date and have been curious all along about the traditions in other cultures besides mainstream US where a forty-day period after giving birth is considered sacrosanct for restoring the mother to health and forging a familial bond. I have lots of links about this from blogs and whatnot, and most recently came across this excerpted article from the latest Midwifery Today http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/BuildingNest.asp
Are there any mothers here who have created such experiences for themselves and their families, or who come from cultures where it is traditional? Can you share what your day-to-day was like, what kind of activities you did or didn't do, what kind of help you had?
This is my first child and I've made a lot of not-popular-with family decisions so far. In addition I will mostly be on my own as my partner is based overseas, so taking a solid time seems like the right idea (planning for a series of hopefully helpful visitors at the beginning and asking friends to set up a meal registry). When I mention it to my out-of-town mother her response is along the lines of "well that sounds like a luxury..." and then talks about what she didn't have...etc.
would love to hear from you... (can share some of the other links I've collected if anyone is interested)