First 40 Days of Newly Born

In medicine 0-28 days of new life is known as neonatal period. Actually, it is an eco-biologic adaptation period for the newborn. The respiratory, circulatory and metabolic systems of newborn changes postnatally. The physical epigenetic, microbiological, emotional, sensational variations and the metamorphosis of the human baby is incredible in this period. For example, while the nutritional needs are provided prenatally with the umbilical cord, after birth in a very short time s/he can suck, swallow and digest his mother’s milk.

On the other hand, during this period postnatal infections of both mother and newborn as well as postpartum depression risk of mother is quite high. Hence, neonatal period prompts us to protect both mother and baby.

Moreover, in every well-established culture a special importance is given to the neonatal period. Almost universally, this period is cited to be 40 days in various traditions and religions. The customs of 40-days are also observed to be similar in many cultures.

For example, in Muslim World, in Nordic Cultures, in India and also Japan; rituals to help and protect mother and infant are very similar; after 40 days of mandated rest, bathing the baby and mother with prayers and good wills. It is a unique way of honoring the whole family, especially the mother and newborn.