A relaxed time of recovery in which the new mother is honoured lays the foundation for good health and good bonding with the baby. By being well cared for the new mother gets the experience of being ‘mothered’ herself and she can then better care for her baby.
Women who come from cultures that value the ‘golden month’ talk enthusiastically about how they were looked after:
“During my ’40 days’ I was treated like queen. After it was finished I felt rested and my skin was soft and beautiful from all the massage.” -Somalia
“After giving birth I was treated like a queen. Even my hair was brushed for me.” - Samoa