Did You Know?
In colonial times, childbirth and early postpartum were social events for women. Friends from the community gathered during labor and then at the new mother’s house for the first few weeks of her baby’s life.
They took care of the cooking and cleaning, as well as any older children. This gave the mom a chance to connect with her new baby. But seeing as how you probably can’t talk your friends into camping out at your house and taking care of the chores for several weeks, the next best thing is hiring someone to do it.