Sara from Baganda
Sara is from the Baganda tribe in Uganda. All of her four children were born there and this is what she says of her experience as a new mum. This story is from Mothering The New Mother by Sally Placksin.
Your mother or your aunties take care of you and take care of the baby while you rest. The relatives stay for about a month. In that time you don’t do anything. They bathe the baby, they wash the laundry, they cook, they give you special dishes. They cook special soup so that you can have milk to feed the baby.
The women take care of you to tone up your body so that it comes back to its normal shape. For the baby they prepare a special saucepan and put in special herbs and oil and use the water to bathe the baby.
My mother stayed for about three or four months. They stay until they see you are strong enough to be able to carry on. When my mother left, of course, I felt terrible.
When you give birth, the whole village has to come and visit the new baby. It was okay, you feel like a special person.
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