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What are Confinement Centres and How to Choose One

After the experiences of pregnancy and childbirth, mothers are yet again embarking on a new journey: postpartum confinement. Just like many other aspects of motherhood, there are things to consider when choosing a confinement centre. Read on for information and suggestions to help with your decision-making on picking the right one for you.

‘Confinement’ may sound restrictive to some, but there’s a greater purpose for it. While this usually involves rules, regulations, guidelines, and diet requirements which mothers follow for up to 44 days after their child’s birth, they’re all meant to help mothers heal after having their child, with practices based on traditional post-natal knowledge.

In Chinese traditions, confinement or zuo yue zi means “sitting the month” or simply put means to rest post-partum. This principle goes back to the Han Dynasty in China. Malaysia, as a multinational country, on the other hand, has many different practices based on various races, traditions, and cultures. Each culture has its own variation on confinement best practices. While they may seem outdated, its true purpose is the same and relevant for modern times: to support mothers, especially first-time mothers. In addition to that, the help of health care professionals and experts, allows them to heal and recuperate from the emotional and physical tolls of childbirth. In Kuala Lumpur alone, there are a lot who are in the business of confinement with the same goals of helping mums.

So what exactly do mothers do when they decide to go to confinement centres? Some mums have the first impression that they are like clinics or hospitals, but in fact, they are nothing like that! Think of it as a Mummy Headquarters where are away from their household to spend time healing, bonding with their child, breastfeeding, and learning new parenting skills like basic care, bathing, burping, changing, massage for their child, and understanding them. Confinement centres are also great for the community, where they get to meet and bond with fellow mothers who share a recent unique experience. It’s a great place to gain insights and playmates for their newborn child.

Are you a first-time mother yourself? Now, you might ask: what should I look for when choosing a confinement centre? There’s no exact science for it, but there are basic offerings that are must-haves and a few other pointers to consider.

Boarding services for both mother and child

Many confinement centres offer different kinds of lodgings, but of course the price varies as well. From premium bedrooms 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 child changing area. It all depends on what you want and need, just check with the centre and they should be able to assist you on your preference. Moreover, whichever you choose, you will surely be assured of privacy during your stay there.

A support group from the staff: this usually includes a registered nurse and a midwife/confinement nanny

Modern confinement centres come with a fully-trained support staff with professional certification. This includes 24/7 on-call registered nurses, midwives/confinement nannies, lactation consultants, general practitioners in medicine, and health care professional physicians that have a background in pediatrics, prenatal development, and obstetrics & gynaecology. The staff is dedicated to make sure you and your child are cared for – physically and emotionally. They are also professionally trained to ensure all mums’ mental health is great and be on the lookout for any signs and symptoms if it is not. Moreover, they guarantee the overall efficacy of confinement, and they are also on duty for infection prevention and control should the need arise especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nowadays a simple cough need to be attended to in order to avoid the spread of any disease or bacteria of any kind within the centres.

Food, nutrients, and drinks that are provided for

Modern confinement centres also offer meals that are tailor-made for new mothers. This includes meal ingredients that support the health, good nutrition, and healing of the new mum, and even special diets for those who suffer from complications during childbirth such as hypertension or diabetes. These diets and recipes also ensure to maintain or improve lactation and the quality of the breast milk mums produce. Finally, these diets and recipes also aid the mums to attain their pre-pregnancy vitality and figure.

Happiness comes in comfort and a little pampering – much like a retreat for mums! So these extras may tickle your fancy, should you want a little upgrade in confinement centres:

  • Child hygiene products: diapers, diaper cream, child soap, and shampoo.
  • Parenting classes: learn some tips and tricks that will help you in your everyday life as a mum
  • Wellness classes: for wellness in mind, body, and soul
  • Spa or facial services: help manage stress, promote calmness and rejuvenation, and for a woman who has gone through pregnancy and childbirth, 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, 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 and expectations.

And remember mum, don’t hesitate to ask questions when you choose your confinement centre! In fact, it’s great to ask. Here are some you can review and to give you a head start:

  • 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, community building is essential. Aside from your husband or family, you can trust your mummy friends! It’s almost innate for mums to have a helping behavior, especially for fellow mums! 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 and 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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