“Sitting the Month” – Postpartum Confinement in China

Imagine not being allowed to take a shower, leave your house, or even open a window for an entire month. Sound horrible? Well, it is an experience millions of Chinese women have been through immediately after giving birth.

It’s called “sitting the month” (坐月子 zuo yuezi in Chinese) and, so traditional Chinese medicine would claim, it is an essential part of the childbearing process. It’s certainly a far cry from the approach of most Western women, many of whom take the first opportunity they get to take their new baby for a walk in the park — and not to mention to take a shower.

On this podcast, Jingjing and Yajun sit down with new mother Kaijing Xiao (pictured right) to hear about her “hybrid” experience, combining elements of traditional Chinese post-natal practices with a more modern approach.

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