The first Ofmom Centre for postpartum care of mothers and newborns is opening in Rome, Italy


Coree Group, from precious eastern philosophy to recognised disciplines and therapies that guarantee mother’s wellbeing, total safety and health recovery

After childbirth, mothers face a challenging stage for their psychophysics recovery. Professionals suggest that, besides breastfeeding and their return home (from medical centre), mothers take on particularly fragile and sensitive circumstances that would require the constant presence of their partner to establish a direct relationship with the newborn while allowing the mother to rest and recover. Medical science highlights the fragility of full physical and psychological recoveryof mother’s body functionality andaesthetics after the first 40 days followingchildbirth, period also known aspuerperium. Despite receiving scarceinterest by healthcare institutions andsocial policies, the puerperium representsa fundamental stage for mothers’life recovery in terms of resting and restorationof social life. The existenceof these factors would safeguard thoseemotions to be instilled with newborns,in particular mental calm, tranquility and trust.

The World Health Organization (WHO)has further underlined the importanceof health in mothers and childrenat the afterbirth stage by publishing apaper entitled “afterbirth care for mothersand newborns” in 2013, whichbrings new insights in our knowledgeabout the first weeks of puerperium.Born from the focus on the complicatedconditions of women in low-incomecountries, where the incidence ofinfections and other pathological conditionsrepresent a threat for mothersand children survival even after thefi rst weeks following birth, the WHO assertsthat healthcare professionals areneeded to follow up mothers providingwith psychological and physic supportplus monitoring and ascertaining theprogress of recovery. Communicationis of fundamental importance, in thatwomen would be promptly informedabout the dynamics of their postpartumrecovery process and might thereforeinform the professionals in chargeabout any worry or concern in order toreceive advices and reassurances. Atthis point, supporting mothers wouldbe bound to the existence and availabilityof knowledgeable and expert healthcareprofessionals who would relyupon a protocol supported by thoroughscientific foundations.

Other cultures apparently far fromours, i.e. Asian culture, have put greaterattention to the puerperium withthe so called “ZuòYuèzi” in MandarinChinese, literally meaning “a monthof rest”, which would correspond to theperiod of rest for mothers in the westernworld. The “ZuòYuèzi” is thus animportant phase which allows mothersto recover their psychophysic equilibriumafter the 9-month pregnancyperiod and childbirth events. This moreoverfavours the mother-newborn relationshipthrough, for instance, the roomingin: the possibility for mothers tosleep with their newborns and developthe relationship as well as breastfeeding.

The importance of postpartum careand therapy is a widely recognized Koreanconcept which has been adoptedfor a century today. This concept alsoconsiders practices derived from easternphilosophy together with recommendationsfor mothers’ healthcaresuch as to keep a warm body temperature,to eat specific food and resting.This has become a real and unique disciplinebased on academic studies.

The foundation of the first postpartumcentre on 2009 gave birth to the mostdistinguished and furnished OfmomCentre, where these concepts, consideredin light of contemporary lifestyle,proved successful. The Ofmom Centresin Beijing, Seoul and Los Angelesoffer high quality services to mothersand relative families since a long timenow. All the other Ofmom Centres operate24h to guarantee the highest standardsin quality and safety worldwide.They can arrange personalizedcourses to recover mothers’ wellbeingthrough a combination of well structuredseries of yoga lectures, massages,SPA treatments, relaxing times alongwith music therapy, and ad-hoc nurturingplans interdisciplinary managedby physicians, nurses dietitians andqualified chefs.

The Centre in Rome, Italy was designedand built by Cesare Ligini, globallyrenowned architect who also built theRoman Olympic Stadium and the headquarterof the Ministry of Treasury inthe Italian capital city. Today, this is thefirst Italian Ofmom Centre where mothersand families could recover theirhealth and wellbeing after the mostimportant but also exhausting eventin their life. The Centre offers comfortableChambers for mothers and newborns,SPA Relax for the psychophysics recovery of the “just” mothers and theirnewborn life.

The creation of the first Italian BioBank for mothers and newborns

The new project labeled Gemelli GH, HANMI Pharma group (Korea) and the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (UCSC)

The initiative of the Italian Biobank for mothers and newbornsis conceived within a larger Italian Korean partnership amongthe Gemelli GH, the Ofmom Centre in Rome and the HANMIPharma group (Korea), to develop novel scientific researchstrategies in the field of maternity healthcare based on the understandingof after-pregnancy supportive methodologies thatwould provide with health and nurture for the correct newborns’development. The UCSC is endorsing this ambitious projectthrough educational activities for the personnel committed tomothers and children healthcare at the Ofmon Centre, not onlyto raise new nursing professionals but also to understand andimprove current therapeutic plans according to the evidencebasedmedicine of the person.

The main purpose of the BioBank is to collect and store biologicalmaterial from both mothers and children. This is neededto study the composition of gut microbiota according to themedical history of mothers. This would enhance our knowledgein preventive medicine and lessen the risk of contracting chronicdiseases.

The scientific committee in charge of these projects is supportedby prominent figures from the Italian medical science,among whom we can mention Prof. Antonio Gasbarrini MD,Director of General Medicine and Gastroenterology Unit atGemelli GH in Rome, Prof. Giovanni Scambia MD, Director ofGynaecology at Gemelli GH in charge of the “protection hubfor women and children (Polo di protezionedella donna e delbambino)” at the same institution, Prof. Lorenzo Morelli MD, leadingItalian authority for the study of human microbiome andProfessor at UCSC, Vittorio Angelo StavroZambrini MD, professorat UCSC and expert in food production and Marco ElefantiMD, Director-General of Gemelli GH Foundation.