What is lying-in?

Lying-in

Lying-in is an old childbirth practice involving a woman resting in bed for a period after giving birth. Though the term is now usually defined as "the condition of a woman in the process of giving birth," it previously referred to a period of bed rest required even if there were no medical complications.

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Lying-in
... Lying-in is an old childbirth practice involving a woman resting in bed for a period after giving birth ... A 1932 publication refers to lying-in as ranging from 2 weeks to 2 months ... When lying-in was a more common term, it was used in the names of several hospitals ...