Bengkung is a Malay traditional art of postpartum belly-binding. It is a process where the belly is tightly bound by a long piece of cloth in a criss-cross manner, and is a great way to honour your postpartum body as it heals. Unlike postpartum belly binders found on Amazon or Walmart, the bengkung is highly customizable. You are able to tighten and loosen it on any part of your body wherever you feel comfortable, working gently through your healing. More importantly, the bengkung is comfortable when worn for long periods of time, allowing you to go about on your daily activities.
Benefits of wearing the bengkung include:
* reducing postpartum contraction pain in the uterus
* reducing the duration of postpartum bleeding, promotes expulsion of lochia (postpartum vaginal discharge) and pregnancy tissues
* 'lifting' the womb to prevent it from resting on the bladder, and to therefore reduce incontinence
* promotes healing of postpartum diastasis recti
* supporting the abs and promotes an upright posture, especially when nursing
* reducing postpartum lower back pain
* tucks the abdominal organs into place, reducing 'jelly belly' and boosting postpartum self-confidence
Clients are encouraged to start using the bengkung approximately 4-7 days following a natural birth, or 4-6 weeks after a cesarean delivery (when the incision has healed, and of course, with your health provider's approval). The bengkung is worn for 8-12 hours daily, for at least the first 40 postpartum days. A warming herbal paste (or organic essential oils) can also be massaged onto the belly prior to increase muscle tone, promote blood flow and to release any retained water that can occur after childbirth.
My in-person bengkung belly-binding service is $120, and it includes your own 100% organic cotton bengkung. The duration of the session is approximately 45 minutes, where I will teach you how to tie the bengkung, and provide you with additional tips/tricks, so that you can continue the practice and effectively heal in the comfort of your home. Please note that I am not a registered massage therapist, and I do not provide any postpartum massage services at all. At the moment, my area of services is limited within the GTA. If you're interested to book a session, please send me an email with your nearest intersection and we can go from there.
Bengkungs can also be purchased on its own for $70. Pickup is available for free at 55 Turntable Crescent, and shipping to anywhere in Ontario is an additional $20. Feel free to drop me an email to discuss availability / the logistics of it! : )
A LITTLE ABOUT ME
Hello! My name is Haza and I'm a postpartum doula and bengkung belly-binding specialist. I have over 2 years of experience in the postpartum industry, and I used to offer overnight postpartum doula services through Toronto Yoga Mamas and Cherry Blossom Doulas. For now, I am only offering bengkung belly-binding services, and I'm only taking on clients in the Greater Toronto Areas (GTA).
My professional certifications include:
DONA International Postpartum Doula (2020)
Bengkung belly-binding practitioner (2020)
Breastfeeding for Birth Professionals by WellPregnancy (2020)
Infant/Child CPR by SAJE Vital Signs Inc (2020)
Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) advocate by QUILT Centre for Advocates (2020; in progress)
Placenta Encapsulation by Women's Choice Perinatal (2022; in progress)
If you are looking for bengkung belly-binding services, drop me a line and we can go from there! Please allow 2-3 business days for replies.
For my (past) postpartum doula care stories, you can check out my instagram! :)