Inside luxury $1,400-a-night ‘postnatal hotel’ in New York that serves as ‘retreat’ for new moms


Get ready to see inside the luxurious $1,400-a-night ‘postnatal’ hotel in New York City, which serves as a ‘retreat’ for wealthy new mothers and offers an army of baby experts to help them care for their newborns and recover from childbirth.

The Boram Postnatal Retreat is located on the ninth floor of the five-star Langham Hotel in Manhattan, which sits on Fifth Avenue between 36th and 37th street.

It offers a slew of lavish amenities for women who recently welcomed a child, including foot rubs on request, and someone to clean their breast pumps between uses.

Between it’s Swedish Duxiana bed (which cost upwards of $12,000) and its large marble soaking tub, the resort serves as the perfect place for women to unwind and relax after giving birth.

There is also a nursery staffed with employees who have backgrounds in infant care, as well as a ‘mother’s lounge,’ where pediatricians, physical therapists, and mental health experts offer seminars on everything from pelvic floor therapy to curing insomnia.

Get ready to see inside the luxurious $1,400-a-night ‘postnatal’ hotel in New York City, which serves as a ‘retreat’ for wealthy new mothers and offers an army of baby experts to help them care for their newborns and recover from childbirth

The Boram Postnatal Retreat is located on the ninth floor of the five-star Langham Hotel in Manhattan (pictured), which sits on Fifth Avenue between 36th and 37th street

The Boram Postnatal Retreat is located on the ninth floor of the five-star Langham Hotel in Manhattan (pictured), which sits on Fifth Avenue between 36th and 37th street

It offers a slew of lavish amenities for women who recently welcomed a child, including foot rubs on request, and someone to clean their breast pumps between uses

It offers a slew of lavish amenities for women who recently welcomed a child, including foot rubs on request, and someone to clean their breast pumps between uses

Between it's Swedish Duxiana bed (which cost upwards of $12,000) and its large marble soaking tub, the resort serves as the perfect place for women to unwind and relax after giving birth

 Between it’s Swedish Duxiana bed (which cost upwards of $12,000) and its large marble soaking tub, the resort serves as the perfect place for women to unwind and relax after giving birth

Dr. Alicia Robbins, 39, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Greenwich, Connecticut, recently stayed at the retreat for one month, after the birth of her third child, Otto, on April 5.

She explained to the New York Times that the period right after giving birth to Otto was ‘way harder’ than she expected, adding, ‘I kept wondering if it was OK that breastfeeding was so difficult or that I felt anxious. I kept asking myself, “Is this really my new normal?”

She had welcomed her son via cesarean section and was struggling to manage being a mom to her newborn, as well as her two young kids – who were four and two – while also recovering from the surgery.

According to the outlet, she was ‘mentally and physically exhausted’ when she arrived at the retreat, but was delighted with the many amenities offered at Boram – especially the nursery, which is run by a former Lenox Hill Hospital N.I.C.U. nurse educator. 

‘I sent Otto to the nursery within three minutes of being there,’ said Dr. Robbins. ‘And I went to sleep. I even read a book. This is like heaven for postpartum patients.’

Mothers who stay at Boram during what the retreat describes as their ‘fourth trimester’ will have full access to a ‘care team’ who are on-hand to assist with childcare and provide lessons in a variety of areas, from breastfeeding to diaper changing. 

‘Our baby room is open around the clock, allowing you to rest while your baby is looked after by our care team,’ the website states. ‘At Boram, we follow evidence based protocols to assure safe feeding, cleaning, and sterilization processes.’

It continues: ‘Our care team helps parents learn and ease their way into parenthood through teachback and experience during their stay. 

‘Parenting workshops led by experts in the parenting space are an integral part of the postnatal retreat. These classes may be taken before your stay, during and after your stay. Classes range from newborn safety and CPR to lactation, to healthy sleep habits and more.’

There is also a nursery staffed with employees who have backgrounds in infant care, as well as a 'mother's lounge,' where pediatricians and mental health experts offer seminars on everything from pelvic floor therapy to curing insomnia

There is also a nursery staffed with employees who have backgrounds in infant care, as well as a ‘mother’s lounge,’ where pediatricians and mental health experts offer seminars on everything from pelvic floor therapy to curing insomnia

The rooms are all equipped with 'hospital-grade bassinets' and 'eco-friendly Coterie diapers'

The rooms are all equipped with ‘hospital-grade bassinets’ and ‘eco-friendly Coterie diapers’

The menu for room service includes foods like steak, seaweed soup, and bone marrow - which are said to help new mother's after giving birth. It also offers 'lactation cookies'

The menu for room service includes foods like steak, seaweed soup, and bone marrow - which are said to help new mother's after giving birth. It also offers 'lactation cookies'

The menu for room service includes foods like steak, seaweed soup, and bone marrow – which are said to help new mother’s after giving birth. It also offers ‘lactation cookies’

Partners are more than welcome to stay at Boram - which translates to 'something fruitful after hard work' in Korean - with the new mothers, but other children are not

Partners are more than welcome to stay at Boram – which translates to ‘something fruitful after hard work’ in Korean – with the new mothers, but other children are not

'As a mother, you will put your child first in all things. Which is why we put you first,' Boram's website reads. 'We are here to care for you, providing the space, time and support you need to rest and feel ready for home'

‘As a mother, you will put your child first in all things. Which is why we put you first,’ Boram’s website reads. ‘We are here to care for you, providing the space, time and support you need to rest and feel ready for home’

The rooms are all equipped with ‘hospital-grade bassinets’ and ‘eco-friendly Coterie diapers.’

But as well as offering plenty of care for their newborn babies, the mothers themselves are also provided with an array of different services, including massages, footbaths, and a lengthy room service menu. 

‘We offer postnatal massages to help promote sleep and reduce swelling, head and shoulder massages to release the tension and foot reflexology to help you rest and recover,’ the Boram website notes. 

‘We also provide sitz baths [a shallow bath of warm water used to treat and ease wounds to the genitals and anus] and footbaths to allow for healing and detoxification at the postnatal retreat.’

The menu for room service includes foods like steak, seaweed soup, and bone marrow – which are said to help new mother’s after giving birth. It also offers ‘lactation cookies’, which contain ingredients that are meant to aid a woman’s natural supply of breastmilk. 

Jennifer Jolorte Doro, 35, a clinical nutritionist and chef from Millbrook, New York, stayed at the hotel for more than three weeks after she gave birth to her second child, JP, on April 13; and her favorite part of the experience was the food.

Melina Hope, 43, a nursing assistant who works at Boram, from North Bergen, New Jersey, stressed the importance of supporting new moms during the 'vulnerable postnatal period'

Melina Hope, 43, a nursing assistant who works at Boram, from North Bergen, New Jersey, stressed the importance of supporting new moms during the ‘vulnerable postnatal period’

‘The meals are the last thing you think about, but it’s what you need the most,’ she gushed.

According to the resort’s website, guests are offered a wide-ranging menu of ‘nutritious meals’ that are ‘prepared by an award-winning chef’ and are targeted to provide new mothers with all the nutrients they need after giving birth. 

‘We emphasize a balanced menu as one of the key components to postnatal care,’ the website states.

‘Your stay includes a full menu of delicious, nourishing foods designed by a certified nutritionist and prepared by an award-winning chef.’

Partners are more than welcome to stay at Boram – which translates to ‘something fruitful after hard work’ in Korean – with the new mothers, but other children are not. 

According to PostpartumDepression.org, approximately one in 10 women will experience postpartum depression after giving birth.

‘Doctors might give you a number to call, but for the most part you have to coordinate things yourself, and you don’t even know what you need until you go through it,’ explained Dr. Robbins.

‘As a mother, you will put your child first in all things. Which is why we put you first,’ Boram’s website reads.

‘Growing a child, bringing them into the world, nourishing them once born – you are giving your literal all. 

‘We are here to care for you, providing the space, time and support you need to rest and feel ready for home. 

‘During your stay, you will enjoy access to a 24/7 professionally staffed baby room, lactation assistance, essential nutrition, and recovery care.’

Boram Nam, who founded the retreat along with her husband, Suk Park, explained that she was inspired by similar institutions in South Korea, known as sanhujoris. 

Boram Nam, who founded the retreat along with her husband, Suk Park, explained that she was inspired by similar institutions in South Korea, known as sanhujoris, explaining, 'We are there to ease the transition between the hospital and home'

Boram Nam, who founded the retreat along with her husband, Suk Park, explained that she was inspired by similar institutions in South Korea, known as sanhujoris, explaining, ‘We are there to ease the transition between the hospital and home’

She added that she knows the pricey cost for a stay at Boram Postnatal Retreat has not made it accessible to all, but explained that they 'have to charge what they are charging for the services they're providing'

She added that she knows the pricey cost for a stay at Boram Postnatal Retreat has not made it accessible to all, but explained that they ‘have to charge what they are charging for the services they’re providing’

‘We are there to ease the transition between the hospital and home,’ she said.

Nam, who is a mom herself, recalled struggling after she gave birth to her first kid in 2010.

‘After my first baby, I was in the bathroom looking for ice packs for vaginal soreness while this little crying thing was in my living room,’ she shared.

‘I was so traumatized because I didn’t feel like I was well taken care of while all my friends back home got to go to these wonderful places.’

The mom-of-two added that she knows the pricey cost for a stay at Boram Postnatal Retreat has not made it accessible to all, but explained that they ‘have to charge what they are charging for the services they’re providing.’

‘We are in talks with companies so our retreat can be provided as part of benefits to their employees. Down the road, we want to work with insurers,’ she added.

Melina Hope, 43, a nursing assistant who works at Boram, from North Bergen, New Jersey, stressed the importance of supporting new moms during the ‘vulnerable postnatal period.’

‘The difference between how they come in when they arrived and how rested and confident they are when they go home is remarkable,’ she said.

‘I see my goal as filling in for the “village” to support moms in the vulnerable postnatal period.’

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