Traditional Postpartum Care---Tightening and Binding
These photos are from Florence, a French midwife who worked in rural Afghanistan many years ago. They show a simulation of a postpartum practice—two women using a cloth to gently compress different parts of the new mother’s body. It is understood that the mother’s body has expanded/swollen with extra fluids while pregnant and birthing. Now this gentle compression is both soothing and helping deal with the extra fluids. Notice the final photo in which the feet are rubbed and the toes are pulled.