FORTY DAYS IN THE DESERT OF A NEW CHILD

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture piece begins:

Laura Zambrana is Director of Content for Endow Groups, a Catholic women’s organization, and works from home 25 hours a week. Her husband James is account manager at the media company Deluxe Entertainment Services Group.

They live in San Gabriel. Their parish is St. Andrew in Pasadena.  They have three children: Peter was born in 2016, Helen in 2018, and Jane in June of 2020. Their fourth child, a girl, is expected in May of this year. 

Says Laura: “Your heart has to break each time you give birth.”

“There’s a book called The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother that’s not Catholic but is common in crunchy Catholic mom circles.” The author, Heng Ou, emphasizes that in ancient Chinese culture the recommended length of time for post-partum solitude is 40 days.

“Just like Lent.”

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