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Around the World Series | Japanese Postpartum Tradition

This month we explore Japan's postpartum traditions. Through the adoption of one's own postpartum traditions or acknowledging the wisdom and practices of different cultures, we can provide ourselves with support, grace and tenderness as we transition into motherhood. Some examples of practices and rituals found as part of Japanese culture: Maternity leave Pre-Birth Delivery of Baby Postpartum Period Nourishment Bathing MATERNITY LEAVE Under the Japanese Labor law, Japanese mothers are guaranteed 6 weeks of maternity leave before the due date as well 8 weeks of maternity leave after baby arrives. If the mother wishes to return to work earlier, the mother must obtain written approval from her doctor. PRE-BIRTH 'Satogaeri shussan' is a Japanese custom where the mother to be...

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Mama Muse • Rachel Lee

Mother to Bryan & Ethan - Melbourne, Australia "Motherhood for me has many challenges but comes with its rewards too. It has certainly shaped me into someone I never thought I would be." My name is Rachel and I have 2 sons who are now aged 19 and 16. I currently work full time as CFO and whenever I do get some free time, I enjoy reading and doing flower arrangements. As a mother, there are indeed many responsibilities, and it comes with a 24 hour work roster. From the time my kids were babies in my arms to the teenagers they are now, becoming more independent, the duties have not stopped, but merely evolved with the different phases of my children’s...

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Postpartum Recipe | Fried Rice with Egg and Ginger

N O U R I S H • Save this recipe for later mamas! We absolutely love this delicious Fried Rice with Egg and Ginger recipe. Ingredients 200g cooked rice 80g old shredded ginger 2 eggs, beaten lightly 2 tbsp sesame oil 1 pinch of salt and some soy sauce Instructions 1. Over a low fire in a saucepan, heat up sesame oil and fry the ginger until fragrant. The ginger will turn slightly golden.2. Slowly add in the eggs and stir fry until fully cooked3. Add a bowl of rice and a pinch of salt to season the ginger and egg. Stir-fry over high heat till fragrant. Add the soy sauce right before serving and mix to thoroughly blend...

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EDUCATE • EMPOWER • ENTERTAIN • EMBRACE | Monthly Series

Tune in for our monthly series with Elan ~ every month our founder, U-Fhern, will share items to read, watch, listen, and share loved items from our range that may educate, empower, entertain and embrace our community.This month, we're introducing a new category called embrace, in which our founder reveals one of her favourite Elan products of the month.U-Fhern dedicates this month to her confinement period following after the birth of her fourth child. She honorsTraditional Chinese postpartum dishes that not only nourish her but provide her with the nutrients she requires after giving birth. As she embarks on her postpartum journey of postpartum, she listens to The Little Yarrow Podcast, to learn more ways to support her health during...

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EDUCATE • EMPOWER • ENTERTAIN | Monthly Series

Tune in for our monthly series with Elan ~ every month our founder, U-Fhern, will share items to read, watch and listen that may educate, empower and entertain the Elan community. Educate Read Maternity, Coming Face to Face With Your Shadow here This was a required reading as part of my Innate Traditions course and this book made me question so much. Revealing a lot about myself, of things I didn’t realise were there or maybe I had kept hidden. That is the wondorous thing about motherhood though, it opens and expands your heart and your mind in ways you can't imagine until you become a Mum. This book explores our pre-conceived ideas of raising children, relationships, the loss of...

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