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tips on choosing confinement Centres

Tips on Choosing Confinement Centres

Confinement centres are also a place for new mums to bond with each other, after having recently shared a unique experience. It’s a great place to gain insights, and playmates for your new-born. Read more info on how to choose the right confinement centre here!

‘Confinement’ might sound restrictive to some, but it refers to the traditional post-natal practices dedicated to help new mums heal after having their child. Now, this usually involves rules and diet requirements, which mums adhere for to up to 44 days after the child’s birth.

Malaysia, as a multinational country, has different practices, based on different races and cultures. Each culture has its own variation on confinement practices and at first, they may seem outdated, but its true purpose is the same and relevant for modern times: to support new mums, and allow them to heal; to recuperate from the emotional and physical tolls of childbirth. This is especially true for first-time mums.

You might be wondering, what do mums actually do in confinement centres? Well, think of it as a Mummy Headquarters where mums can spend time healing, bonding with their child, breastfeeding and learning new mummy skills like basic baby care, bathing, burping, changing nappies and understanding your little one. Confinement centres are also a place for new mums to bond with each other, after having recently shared a unique experience. It’s a great place to gain insights, and playmates for your new-born.

But as a first-time, wide-eyed, new mum, you might ask: how do I go about choosing the right confinement centre? Start by looking at the packages offered. All confinement centres should offer these basic services:

  • Boarding services for both mum and child.
    Many confinement centres offer different kinds of lodgings based on your budget. From premium rooms with a queen sized-bed and large windows which let natural light flood in, to suites with panoramic views of the city attached to a custom-designed bathroom and a separate wardrobe with a baby changing area. It all depends on what you want and need.
  • A support staff: this usually includes a nurse and a midwife, who are able to care for you and your child.
    Modern confinement centres come with a fully trained support staff. This includes 24/7 on-call nurses, midwives, and professional physicians. The staff are professionally trained and are dedicated to make sure you and your little one are cared for, physically and emotionally.
  • Meals, nutrients and drinks should be provided.
    Modern confinement centres also offer meals that are tailor-made for new mums. This includes meal ingredients that support the health and healing of the new mum, and even special diets for those who suffer from complications during births such as hypertension or diabetes. These diets and recipes also ensure to maintain or improve the quality of the mum’s breast milk. Finally, these diets and recipes also promise the mums to attain their pre-pregnancy vitality and figure.

These additional extras should tickle your fancy, should you want something more in confinement centres:

  • Child hygiene products: diapers, nappy cream, baby soap and shampoo.
  • Parenting classes: why not learn some tips and tricks while you’re there?
  • Wellness classes: for wellness in mind, body and soul.
  • Spa or facial services: because honestly, you deserve it.

Think of these as ‘add-ons’ from your original package, so make sure you’re up to date with your research, so you can choose the right confinement centre that suits all your needs and budget. Don’t forget, size also matters. In some centres, you’ll find yourself one of only a handful of mums ‘sitting in for the month’ or colloquially known as ‘zhor yuet’. In others, you might find yourself in a large crowd! Most confinement centres also offer a 30-day package which can be extended according to a mum’s specific needs.

If you’re unsure about a confinement centre, look into its qualifications and skills of its staff. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask questions! Some questions for you to consider:

  • How experienced are their confinement ladies?
  • Are the midwives and nurses registered professionals?
  • Is the cook trained in food preparation and hygienic practices?
  • Are the extra classes and support services run by qualified professionals?

Lastly, trust your mummy friends! They’ve been through this before, so they’d probably have some good advice and recommendations for confinement centres. You can always ask around in mummy groups; you can even request to talk to some references who have been to centres before. Start looking into confinement centres early, and you’ll be able to visit, to see if the centre is a perfect fit for you.

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