Menu

‘Round LA: MotherBees

A little wellness update on what our friends on the west coast are into right now.

‘Round LA: MotherBees

In Chinese tradition, the entire family comes to the home and takes care of the newborn and mother. The mother stays wrapped up and in bed while her family cooks for her, using ingredients that provide all the nutrients she needs. This includes a famous soup using pig feet, which is supposed to help bring in milk for breastfeeding.

The tradition behind this is all about nurturing the mother after birth. Sounds like something all moms should have in their postpartum lives, no? Heng Ou, the founder of the LA-based nourishing food service MotherBees, believes so.

And while Ou personally had the privilege of experiencing this tradition, she realized that this whole idea was lost after birth for most. Raised by a traditional Chinese family in Maryland, Ou now resides in Los Angeles with her three kids and wants to find a way to support mothers through food. A mother has so much attention during pregnancy, and then within weeks after the baby is born, the excitement fades and the mother is on her own.

FEATURED VIDEO

Through MotherBees, Ou designs meals for women in their third trimester and after birth. Food has always been her love, and especially giving food, and she believes that food and birth go hand and hand. With MotherBees, she’s combined these passions seamlessly to bring other mothers the nourishment they deserve. “The mission behind MotherBees is to provide care after birth. We want to be your support system. We provide convenience for a new mom for whom thought of cooking--especially a healthy, nutritious meal--is not on their mind. We want every mom to know they are being taken care of and nourished with the best food,” says Ou.

Here’s a closer look at MotherBees.

Why the name MotherBees?

Bees and Mothers are the two sources of life. Bees form a community working as a support system to the mother and her family. They could be the doula, caretaker or professional who surround the mother.

How do you juggle being a mother and a businesswoman?

Once you know there are no other options than to be the best mother and the best businesswoman to make a mission come to life, then nothing will stop you. It’s the power of being a woman who had tapped into the nectar of giving and receiving. Motherhood forces you to do so if you choose to take it.

How did you decide what the food menu would be?

I wanted fresh, colorful nutrient-dense foods that support mothers. I draw from my Chinese culture when creating dishes. The simpler, seasonal and more colorful, the better!

What are some of the nutritional benefits in the ingredients in your food?

There are so many nutritional benefits in all the ingredients in our food, especially for pregnant woman and postnatal moms. We have our energy drinks--Raspberry, Red Clover and Nettle Teas--that help with labor. We have many soups and broths, like the Lentil Chickpea and Quinoa Soup, which help with stamina and give that extra protein kick. The bone broth has minerals that endure your immune system and help digestion, which runs the entire gamut of your body. Eating these will preserve health and life. Our teas, like the Nettle Fennel Tea, Hibiscus Cinnamon Ginger Tea, all help in toning the uterus for implantation during conception and prepare the body for birth. They also help with milk supply. These teas can be drank throughout pregnancy and post-delivery. Cinnamon is very good after birth to help blood circulation and help with excessive blood loss.

What are some ingredients you use that help with breast milk supply?

At MotherBees we try not to have any foods that stop milk. Some of the ingredients in our food that help with milk supply are: ginger, nettle, cinnamon, fennel, and red raspberry. Each of these items assists with the kidneys and the uterus to become more productive in creating just the right amount of heat and sustenance for the body to recover.

What are the most popular dishes from MotherBees?

Our clients love a range of our foods, but some of our most popular are the seasonal green soup with the quinoa on the bottom, the Creamy Cashew and Chia Hemp Milk, and the Almond Black Sesame Milk.

Where do you see MotherBees in the future?

I have such a large vision for where this can go. I am currently writing a book! We are not looking to expand the menu, but possibly move into products, and then grocery stores. My biggest goal in the near future is to be able to have a percentage of sales go to birthing centers in developing countries like Nepal, Tibet or Mexico. I want to be able to support mothers and babies around the world.

All images provided by MotherBees.

In This Article

    The one thing your family needs to practice gratitude

    And a tradition you'll want to keep for years.

    Gracious Gobbler

    I think I can speak for well, basically everyone on planet earth when I say things have been a bit stressful lately. Juggling virtual school, work and the weight of worry about all the things, it's increasingly difficult to take even a moment to be grateful and positive these days. It's far easier to fall into a grump cycle, nagging my kids for all the things they didn't do (after being asked nine times), snapping at their bickering and never really acknowledging the good stuff.

    But the truth is, gratitude and appreciation is the kind of medicine we need now more than ever—and not just because the season is upon us. For one thing, practicing gratitude is a scientifically proven way to boost our happiness, health and relationships. More importantly, we need to ensure we're cultivating it in our children even when things are challenging. Especially when things are challenging.

    I'm ready to crank the thankfulness up a few dozen notches and reboot our family's gratitude game so we can usher out 2020 on a fresh note. So, I've called in some reinforcements.

    Enter: the Gracious Gobbler.

    Keep reading Show less
    Shop

    Every week, we stock the Motherly Shop with innovative and fresh products from brands we feel good about. We want to be certain you don't miss anything, so to keep you in the loop, we're providing a cheat sheet.

    So, what's new this week?

    Happiest Baby: Baby sleep solutions designed by the experts

    Created by renowned pediatrician, baby sleep expert and (as some might say) lifesaver Dr. Harvey Karp, Happiest Baby has been helping new parents understand and nurture their infants for close to two decades. Building on the success of his celebrated books and video The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block he's developed groundbreaking, science-based product solutions that conquer a new parent's top stressor—exhaustion.

    WSEL Bags: Dad-designed diaper bags that think of everything

    WSEL stands for work smart, enjoy life—an ethos we couldn't agree with more. Founded by a stay at home dad who struggled to find a diaper bag that he not only wanted to use, but one that would last far beyond the baby years, these premium, adventure-ready backpacks are ideal for everything from errands to week-long getaways.

    Codex Beauty: Exceptionally effective sustainable skin care

    Codex Beauty's line of sustainable plant-based skin care blends the science of plant biology with biotech innovations, to create clinically proven, state-of-the-art products for all skin types. They're all vegan, EWG and Leaping Bunny verified and created in collaboration with Herbal Scientist Tracy Ryan who uses concepts dating back to the 8th century leveraging plants like sea buckthorn and calendula flower. Not only are we totally crushing on the innovative formulas that are in the packaging but we're in love with the sustainable sugarcane-derived tubes as well.

    Not sure where to start? Here's what we're adding to our cart:

    Keep reading Show less
    Shop

    The important safety tip parents need to know about sleep + car seats

    Why you might want to plan for more pit stops on your next road trip.

    When we become parents we don't just have to learn how to take care of a baby, we also have to learn how, when and why to use all the different kinds of baby gear.

    Keep reading Show less
    News