Car­ing for mother and baby

New Straits Times - - Heal -

New moth­ers are as­sured of ex­cel­lent care dur­ing con­fine­ment to help them re­cover

and re­gain strength and well­ness.

Of­fer­ing bun­dled mother-care and baby-care ser­vices, each pack­age is han­dled by a trained con­fine­ment woman, whom Zamzana refers to as a post­na­tal ther­a­pist.

Mother-care ser­vices in­clude con­fine­ment-com­pli­ant food, post­na­tal mas­sage, “bertungku” (a tra­di­tional Malay treat­ment us­ing a hot com­press to warm up the body, help ex­pel wind and im­prove blood cir­cu­la­tion), “bengkung” or girdlewear­ing (worn af­ter each mas­sage to im­prove body shape), her­bal bath, tra­di­tional vagi­nal steam or “bertan­gas” (for heal­ing pur­poses and fer­til­ity) and body scrub.

Con­fine­ment food pro­vided by the com­pany.

HIGH DE­MAND

Pan­tang Plus has 40 post­na­tal ther­a­pists aged be­tween 25 and 60, ca­ter­ing to cus­tomers through­out Malaysia as well as over­seas such as Aus­tralia, United King­dom and the Mid­dle East.

From only four book­ings a month, the busi­ness has an av­er­age of 15 book­ings a day now.

Pan­tang Plus em­ploy­ees have be­tween five and 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in post­na­tal mas­sage and tak­ing care of moth­ers dur­ing con­fine­ment.

“Our aim is to make a con­fine­ment woman a pro­fes­sional ca­reer.

“We don’t call them mak­cik tukang urut

(masseuse) and re­gard them as post­na­tal ther­a­pists,” says Zamzana.

“Our ther­a­pists un­dergo a train­ing mod­ule and are groomed to be pro­fes­sional and look presentable.

“We also en­cour­age our ther­a­pists to go for cour­ses in beauty and well­ness to im­prove their knowl­edge and skills,” she says, ad­ding that some of the ther­a­pists earn up to RM4,000 a month.

HELP­ING UN­WED MOMS

As a so­cial en­ter­prise, Pan­tang Plus is de­ter­mined to help un­wed moth­ers, par­tic­u­larly teenagers.

Be­sides ba­sic par­ent­ing skills, it pro­vides an av­enue for the young moth­ers to learn skills to earn a liv­ing.

“Most of them are left alone to cope with their new life. And that trig­gered us to reach out and make a change,” says Zamzana.

“We use part of our prof­its to em­power these young moth­ers to make a liv­ing. And we’ve just fin­ished train­ing 10 young moth­ers to be mo­bile post­na­tal ther­a­pists.”

“They have the op­tion to set up their own busi­ness or work with us.

“Pan­tang Plus is more than just a busi­ness,” says Zamzana. “It’s about help­ing peo­ple to bet­ter their lives.”

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