Ancient Tradition
Healing Modern Mothers

Southeast Asia's Malay Birth Traditions
By Salwa Salim

Recover, Reshape & Relax After Birth
Bengkung Belly Binding & Other Birth Traditions

Malaysia has the lowest postpartum depression rate in the world, followed by Singapore, Denmark & Malta1. One of the top reasons for a lowered postpartum depression is choosing to follow traditional practices2. The Malays have a rich birthing tradition that is still in practice today. In fact, Singapore has nominated the Malay Birth Traditions to be part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The most popular of the Malay’s postpartum healing and slimming traditions is the Bengkung Belly Binding. It’s the secret to faster healing, smother recovery, and flattening of the abdomen immediately after birth and post-miscarriage, that is even used by A-list Hollywood stars and royalties.

Postnatal massage, vaginal peristeam, and womb lifting massage are among other postpartum treatments to help women recover during the first 44 days after birth. Birth Matron is dedicated to sharing this birthing tradition with the world while keeping these practices authentic, dispelling any myths and inaccuracies and teaching women the correct and safe technique to bengkung belly bind among other birth traditions.

1. Kit, L. K., Janet, G. and Jegasothy, R. “Incidence Of Postnatal Depression In Malaysian Women”. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research 23.1 (1997): 85-89.

2. F. Abdollahi. et al.“Postnatal Depression and Its Associated Factors in Women From Different Cultures”. Iran Journal of Psychiatry Behaviorial Science. 2011 Autumn-Winter; 5(2): 5–11.


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We are committed to supporting the local Malays by keeping their traditions bonafide and accurate.  We thank them for gifting us their traditions to share with the world through maintaining the authenticity of the origins and sourcing out local businesses and individuals in rural Indonesia and Malaysia to benefit the local communities. 

We partner with local groups of women, artisans, and traditional herbalists to bring you the most genuine herbal recipes and the most authentic bengkung pieces. Our bengkung is handcrafted with beautiful traditional batik made with time-honored techniques and real batik artisan skill. Our herbal products are 100% natural with selected organic and environmentally sourced herbs from farms and rainforests. 

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Handcrafted with
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Our partners source out local materials from local markets and suppliers. We preserve our tradition through our handcrafted belly bind using time-honored heritage techniques from the Malay batik.

Traditional Recipes
From The Rainforests

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Our herbs are hand-picked from local farms or gathered from the rainforest. Our herbal medicine recipes are handed-down over generations prepared using natural methods of drying and processing.

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This is my third baby but my first experience with bengkung belly binding. I am amazed at how fast my tummy has reduced in size in such a short time. It definitely helps me slim down a lot quicker than my first two pregnancies. The whole experience was wonderful and I feel a warm sense of calmness which I look forward to every morning. My postpartum abdominal cramps significantly reduced and I can’t recommend it enough to everyone if they have a chance to have such an experience.

Sinéad Lyons

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