INDIGENOUS POSTPARTUM MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CARE RITES IMPROVES HEALTH OF MOTHER AND CHILD (NIGERIA)
During a four-week period after birth called 'Omugwo'" the mother and the child are secluded and relieved from all other chores they are cared for by the grandmother of the new born. The new mother is given a stimulating hot soup made with dried fish meat yams plenty of pepper and a special herbal seasoning called 'udah' which makes the uterus contract and thus helps in expelling of blood clots. The diet helps to restore blood lost during childbirth to restore energy facilitated the healing of wounds and restores normal bodily functions and promotes lactation. For a first time mother the time is utilized to receive parental and house keeping practices from her mother.
I think the important thing in this story is that a traditional knowledge help people in the future. In this story shares the traditional soup is good for a new mother, it helps her body. Usually when we do something new, we have to learn what is the good, important, necessary, or bad, unnecessary things .But if someone tell us a good point, we can know the thing straight. I think which is very nice.