Postpartum Steam Bath

This is rooted in traditional Mayan midwifery care and involves a steam bath or “bano de vapor” of the womb on the day following the birth.  The postpartum mother sits naked on a low stool with a pot of steaming herbs under her.  She is covered with a blanket that reaches the floor and leaves no holes thru which the steam can escape.  This creates a kind of sauna for her whole body, with most of the vapor directed into her womb. The practice restores heat or “Chi” (life force) to the body, cleanses the womb and helps to expel clots, speeds healing of the perineum and aids postpartum recovery.