Forget being at home with your newborn right after you give birth, some cultures believe women deserve an extended spa! Hallelujah.
There is a traditional Chinese custom for postpartum recovery that includes "sitting out a month" for mom and new baby. While in the US new moms usually stay in the hospital for approximately two days, in some Asian countries new moms get sent to a postpartum recovery center (PRC). There, staff including experienced nurses and maternity coaches will help new moms learn how to breast feed, bathe and care for their new babies. Moms can take exercise and child care classes, on site cooks prepare meals and Chinese medicine practitioners are there to help with medical needs. Mom can have her laundry done and rest in common areas. It's said recuperating for an extended period of time in a postpartum center decreases the risk of postpartum depression. Duh.
Unfortunately, there aren't any postpartum spas in the U.S., so if you want to be pampered without having to travel to Taiwan, your best bet (if you can afford it) is to get a postpartum doula, who helps with household chores and teaching new parents how to best care for their babies.
Maybe the U.S. ought to start considering a postpartum spas though, don't moms deserve that after ten months of pregnancy?