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Webinar: African American Postpartum Belly Binding

Not long ago, in rural Virginia it was customary for the mother to have a belly band made for the new baby and a belly band aka belly binder made for her, for her postpartum time. Once the baby was born the midwife and female family members put the belly binder on the postpartum mother (Fraser, G.J., (1998) P.244).

Wrapping the mother’s belly or womb area after birth was traditional for the 40 days postpartum. The belly binder would be checked and adjusted as the uterus shrunk. Postpartum belly binding is a healing methodology for a healthy postpartum recuperation.

This Webinar Covers:

  • Pin secured belly binding
  • Sternum to hips belly binding
  • Mid-section belly binding
  • C-section belly binding
  • How to prepare the cloth
  • Binding while standing
  • Binding while lying down

Length: 1.5 Hours

Presenter: Shafia Monroe


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Webinar: African American Postpartum Care

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Webinar Description

Childbearing in the 20th Century was a life and death experience, and most deaths occurred in the postpartum period. World Health Organization (WHO) says, most maternal and infant deaths occur during this time. African American postpartum care is a protective factor against maternal mortality by practicing traditions that safeguard the mother and her infant.

The African American postpartum care model extends beyond the western standard of 6 weeks postnatal care. Science has confirmed that certain parts of recuperation after birth can take up to a year.

African American postpartum care is a rite of passage that restores strength to the mother and protects the newborn against illness, by caring for the mother, loving the newborn, and working with the extended family. This model of care is built on public health, traditions and rituals, and the respect of elder wisdom.

Learning Objectives:

• Vital steps in postpartum care to reduce the adverse effects associated with childbirth.
• Traditions and behaviors that will help reduce common discomforts during the postpartum period and decrease maternal morbidity rates.
• What modality provides relief of common postpartum discomforts
• Best practices when providing postpartum care extending beyond 40 days
• The Use of Monroe’s Postpartum Chart, as an educational tool.


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Shafia M. Monroe, DEM. CDT, MPH
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