Coree Group, from precious eastern philosophy to recognised disciplines and therapies that guarantee mother’s wellbeing, total safety and health recovery
After childbirth, mothers face a challenging stage for their psychophysics recovery. Professionals suggest that, besides breastfeeding and their return home (from medical centre), mothers take on particularly fragile and sensitive circumstances that would require the constant presence of their partner to establish a direct relationship with the newborn while allowing the mother to rest and recover. Medical science highlights the fragility of full physical and psychological recovery of mother’s body functionality and aesthetics after the first 40 days following childbirth, period also known as puerperium. Despite receiving scarce interest by healthcare institutions and social policies, the puerperium represents a fundamental stage for mothers ‘life recovery in terms of resting and restoration of social life. The existence of these factors would safeguard those emotions to be instilled with newborns, in particular mental calm, tranquility and trust.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has further underlined the importance of health in mothers and children at the afterbirth stage by publishing documents entitled “afterbirth care for mothers and newborns” in 2013, which brings new insights in our knowledge about the first weeks of puerperium. Born from the focus on the complicated conditions of women in low-income countries, where the incidence of infections and other pathological conditions represent a threat for mothers and children survival even after the first weeks following birth, the WHO asserts that healthcare professionals are needed to follow up mothers providing with psychological and physical support plus monitoring and ascertaining the progress of recovery. Communications of fundamental importance, in that women would be promptly informed about the dynamics of their postpartum recovery process and might therefore inform the professionals in charge about any worry or concern in order to receive advices and reassurances. At this point, supporting mothers would be bound to the existence and availability of knowledgeable and expert health care professionals who would rely upon a protocol supported by thorough scientific foundations.
Other cultures apparently far from ours, i.e. Asian culture, have put greater attention to the puerperium also called “ZuòYuèzi” in Mandarin Chinese, literally meaning “a month of rest”, which would correspond to the period of rest for mothers in the western world. The “ZuòYuèzi” is thus an important phase which allows mothers to recover their psychophysics equilibrium after the 9-month pregnancy period and childbirth events. This moreover favors the mother-newborn relationship through the rooming in: the possibility for mothers to sleep with their newborns and develop the relationship as well as breastfeeding.
The importance of postpartum care and therapy are a widely recognized Korean concept which has been adopted for a now days. This concept also considers practices derived from eastern philosophy together with recommendations for mothers’ health care such as to keep a warm body temperature, to eat specific food and resting. This has become a real and unique discipline based on academic studies.
The foundation of the first postpartum centre on 2009 gave birth to the most distinguished and furnished Ofmom Centre, where these concepts, considered in light of contemporary lifestyle and proved successful. The Ofmom Centre in Beijing, Seoul and Los Angeles offer high quality services to mothers and relative families since a long time now. All the other Ofmom Centres operate 24h to guarantee the highest standards in quality and safety worldwide. They can arrange personalized courses to recover mothers’ wellbeing through a combination of well-structured series of yoga lectures, massages, SPA treatments, relaxing times along with music therapy, and ad-hoc nurturing plans interdisciplinary managed by physicians, nurses dietitians and qualified chefs.
The Centre in Rome, Italy was designed and built by Cesare Ligini, globally renowned architect who also built the Roman Olympic Stadium and the headquarter of the Ministry of Treasury in the Italian capital city. Today, this is the first Italian Ofmom Centre where mothers and families can recover their health and wellbeing after the most important but also exhausting event in their life. The Centre offers comfortable rooms for mothers and newborns, SPA Relax for the psychophysics recovery of the “just” mothers and their newborn life.
The creation of the first Italian BioBank for mothers and newborns
The new project labeled Gemelli Hospital, HANMI Pharma group (Korea) and the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (UCSC)
The initiative of the Italian Biobank for mothers and newborns are conceived within a larger Italian Korean partnership among the Gemelli Hospital, the Ofmom Centre in Rome and the HANMI Pharma group (Korea), to develop novel scientific research strategies in the field of maternity healthcare based on the understanding of after-pregnancy supportive methodologies that would provide with health and nurture for the correct newborns ‘development. The UCSC is endorsing this ambitious project through educational activities for the personnel committed to mothers and children healthcare at the Ofmom Centre, not only to raise new nursing professionals but also to understand and improve current therapeutic plans according to the evidence based medicine of the person.
The main purpose of the BioBank is to collect and store biological material from both mothers and children. This is needed to study the composition of gut microbiota according to the medical history of mothers. This would enhance our knowledge in preventive medicine and lessen the risk of contracting chronic diseases.
The scientific committee in charge of these projects is supported by prominent figures from the Italian medical science, among whom we can mention Prof. Antonio Gasbarrini medical doctor ,Director of General Medicine and Gastroenterology Unit at Gemelli Hospital in Rome, Prof. Giovanni Scambia medical doctor, Director of Gynaecology at Gemelli Hospital in charge of the “protection hub for women and children (Polo di protezione della donna e del bambino)” at the same institution, Prof. Lorenzo Morelli medical doctor, leading Italian authority for the study of human microbiome and Professor at UCSC, Angelo Stavro Vittorio Zambrini medical doctor, professor at UCSC and expert in food production and Marco Elefanti medical doctor, Director-General of Gemelli Hospital Foundation.