In from Seoul
In was born in Seoul, one of seven children, but she now lives in the US and her own children were born there. She shares the traditions of her home and this is what she says. This story is from Mothering The New Mother by Sally Placksin.
The new mother is not supposed to have visitors until the twenty first day. Until that time the mother just lies there and sleeps all day and eats and doesn’t do anything. A sign goes up outside the house. It’s a rice stalk and if it’s a boy we put a dry red pepper and if it is a girl we put a wooden charcoal. Also that means you are not supposed to go in the house.
During that time, the mother is not allowed to touch cold water, and not supposed to go out in the cold wind.
Usually the helper is the mother-in-law, since the girl gets married and spends time in the husband's house. And all the relatives pitch in. They cook seaweed soup and other nutritious food, it’s supposed to clean the blood for the mother and it’s better for producing more milk.
Even if you are not well-off, the neighbours will help you get through the days
After three months and ten days -- what we call a hundred days old -- then we have a big celebration for the baby. On that day the family has a sort of party, they all get together and make rice cakes.
That’s the best time of life, all the ladies get pampered during the birth of their child.
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