I’m Scottish and live in South Korea. I stayed in a postpartum hotel, and the experience opened my eyes to what care should look like for new moms.

  • Rowena Shek is originally from Scotland but is living in South Korea.
  • She stayed in a postpartum hotel where her baby was taken care of.
  • While she worried about not bonding with her baby after her stay, that fear quickly dissipated.

This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Rowena Shek. It has been edited for length and clarity.

I was born in Scotland, but I am currently living and working in Seoul, South Korea , with my husband and daughter. When it came to pregnancy care and postpartum care, I discovered how different South Korea was compared to Scotland.

Postpartum care holds significant importance in Far East Asia, and South Korea offers unique options such as postpartum hotels or postpartum nannies and veteran maternity nurses who come to your house every day to cook, clean, and hold your baby while you nap and shower…

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