My postpartum visits typically involve baby snuggles, assistance with breastfeeding and fielding a range of questions on newborn care. However, this past week provided me with a new first at one of my postpartum visits.
I have worked with folks from all walks of life and I'm always interested in learning about the traditions that each religious and ethnic group practices during and after birth. I have prayed with clients, been invited to many a bris, took part in First Nations naming ceremonies but this past week I took part in a Chinese tradition that I must admit did not appeal to me at first.
Called geung cho, this surprisingly tasty stew combines pigs feet, hardboiled eggs and chunks of roast ginger in a rich brew of black vinegar. Typically prepared by the mother or mother-in-law, this stew is prepared two months in advance and is believed to be warming, restorative and strengthening for the new mama. I think they might be on to something here.
Doula life is not for the faint of heart....never a dull day in the life of this doula!