Coming home from the hospital after giving birth can be super stressful. You’re plunged into a new routine, exhausted from birth, with a new little one to care for. Now, try to function on three-hour chunks of sleep (if you’re lucky). What if you, your partner and your baby could be taken care of for a little longer?
Enter the postpartum retreat. Taking a nod from Korean postpartum culture, postpartum retreats are popping up in the U.S. in major cities like New York and Los Angeles.
One of the top retreats is Boram in Manhattan. Located near Central Park and close to several Manhattan hospitals, Boram provides 24-hour-a-day care for both mother and baby. There’s lactation support for those who need assistance with breastfeeding; a mother’s lounge filled with snacks, books and other moms to chat with; and three healthy, filling meals a day. Experts are available for support any time you need it, plus there are therapeutic services available, like postnatal massages for moms. While parents can sleep in a luxurious bed, babies are looked after in the fully monitored nursery.
Best of all, they’ve got all the basics you’ll need like diapers, wipes, pumps, formula, swaddling blankets, feeding pillows and postnatal care products (like nipple cream and peri bottles).
Need help giving a sponge bath to the baby? They’ve got nurses to help you. Want to visit with all of your family and friends? Yep, totally allowed. Need a foot rub or your breast pump cleaned? Done.
Of course, all of this pampering and care will cost you. Stays start at $900 a night and are not covered by insurance. A minimum of five nights is recommended, with average stays ranging from three days to 40.
This kind of retreat is so important as many new parents don’t have extended family staying with them to help ease the transition or visiting nurses like in the U.K. This pampered time gives parents a chance to bond with their babies, recover physically and get some much-needed sleep in the first hazy days of parenthood. Eventually, you will have to go home, but at least the transition from hospital to home would be less bumpy.
More postnatal retreats are popping up all over the country. Los Angeles residents have Pearl while New Yorkers will soon also have Ahma & Co, opening later this year. We have a feeling we’ll be seeing even more once the word gets out that this is a thing and fingers crossed there are lower-cost options available for moms of all budgets.
We’re a little bit jealous we didn’t have this kind of stay offered to us as new parents. Do you think they’ll be welcoming to tired moms of teenagers who haven’t had a good night's sleep in over a decade?
Would you go to a postnatal retreat?