via Quartz

Wang said that the Taiwanese approach to postpartum care shifts the traditional focus of childbirth from solely on the baby’s health to the mother’s physical and mental needs as well. Staff are trained to watch for symptoms of postpartum depression, for example. “We don’t want mothers to feel trapped,” she said.

Like many similar facilities in Taiwan, one of the main selling points for mothers is the menu, which is usually designed to provide the utmost nourishment for the mother and also to facilitate lactation, including fish soup, clams, soy beans, and pig trotters. The meals are tailored for each mother based on advice from Chinese doctors, said Wang. Once a week mothers get a “Happy Day” menu, or a cheat day—where they’re allowed treats like steak sandwiches from Ruth’s Chris Steak House and macarons from Sadaharu Aoki.

Singapore mothers generally practice the postpartum period too. Unfortuntely some mothers do not have the help of their mothers or in-laws. Enter "specialist" paid postpartum help that reside with the mother. The good ones have to be booked months, or even a year, in advance and cost a pretty penny.

Specialist in quotes as they're not trained medical staff, but ladies who usually have a lot of experience taking care of mothers postpartum. Of course, some are not as experienced and desperate parents only realise that after the person has started work with them.

I'm interested in Taiwan's postpartum centers as increasingly Singaporean mothers are giving birth in their 30s and 40s and based on my unscientific surveys, face issues with postpartum recovery. Extra care for them would:

  1. Allow them to recover quickly (hopefully)

  2. Reduce the family's worry about them receiving sufficient care

  3. Reduce the family's efforts of caring for them[1]

There are services in Singapore that aim to relive some of the postpartum care, but none as comprehensive as Taiwan's postpartum centers[2].

  1. Many families are dual income households and people generally retire late in life. So sometimes mothers and mother-in-laws are unable to provide postpartum care simple because they are still working. If they are not, they might have retired and not be sufficiently healthy to wholly take on the strenous postpartum care period. ↩︎

  2. That I can find thus far. ↩︎