By Rangimarie Smith
The Unina Postpartum Wrap created by Bonnie Smith, was modelled on the Traditional Asian Bengkung which is still used in many cultures today. Women have been wrapping their bellies after childbirth for centuries. Some make a ritual of the practice of belly binding by massaging the belly with warm oil and applying an herbal paste before wrapping a woman very soon after giving birth. Although very comforting, it requires help and patience to apply. The process requires 18 metres of fabric strips wrapped around the torso beginning at the hips, tightening in the front, and gradually wrapping upwards towards the chest.
A woman can apply it herself, but it is easier with help. It is even more difficult when the baby is crying and needing attention. The other disadvantage is needing to loosen the fabric to go to the bathroom. For these reasons, women often do not adhere to the daily regime of applying the Bengkung Binder.
The Unina Belly Binder simplifies the process, which can be completed in 60 seconds while still maintaining the benefits of the Bengkung.
It differs to other commercial belly binders in that it compresses organs upwards rather than downwards onto an already uncomfortable perineal floor. It is 90% cotton, easy to wash, and easily adjustable for comfort. Some women describe it as a “hug” as it makes them feel secure at a time when everything is aching and sore.