Golden Month: Caring for the World's Mothers After Childbirth
Golden Month outlines a holistic approach towards postnatal care that amalgamates the best practices from different cultures throughout the world. An acupuncturist and teacher, Jenny Allison has spent a decade researching this book.
Golden Month aims to debunk the anxiety-inducing myth of the perfect postpartum body. It focuses on a mother's long-term well-being, looking at both mental and physical health. Golden Month also explains the importance of nutrition and includes nutrient-dense recipes to ensure optimum recovery during the postnatal period.
'Too often women feel challenged to expect too much of themselves when they most need care and attention, this book is an excellent reinforcement to that other voice of reason that needs to be heard in postpartum care.' - Dr Suzanne Cochrane, lecturer in traditional Chinese medicine, University of Western Sydney
Foreword 6 | Acknowledgements 10 | Introduction 12 | Chapter One: The Postnatal Period - Modern Biomedicine and Chinese Medicine Perspectives 22 | Chapter Two: The Benefits of Good Care of the Mother - Well-being, Bonding, Laying Foundations of Future Health 37 | Chapter Three: The Ingredients of Good Care 46 | Chapter Four: Mothering the Mother 85 | Chapter Five: Stories from Mothers 98 | Chapter Six: Meeting the Postnatal Challenge Today 131 | Bibliography 139