Benefits of using Bengkung/Stagen

After being a Doula for many years it was such a pleasure to meet midwife Ibu Yesie in Bali at our annual eat Eat Pray Doula retreat and to learn the traditional art of belly binding.

It is such an honor that she is willing to share with us both so you can purchase her traditional Indonesian Belly Binds and also to join her live to learn more. 

To get started, Ibu Yesie shares the history and tips of Bengkung:

Bengkung or Stagen is considered an ancient way of healing. This product’s primary function for the postnatal mother is to make the mother feel warm and comfortable. Other than that, Bengkung can also help with the healing process after delivery. This below are a few benefits of Bengkung:

– Bengkung can make you more aware of your body and posture, especially when you are breastfeeding your little one. This tool can also help to make your breastfeeding process more comfortable.

– Help prevent or treat Diastasis Recti, support your spine and prevent back or waist pain.

– As a pregnant woman, you can use Bengkung to help if you have a low hanging pregnant belly.

The important note is that this is not a sliming tool though Bengkung or Stagen can indeed make your body appear slimmer. Many factors can help you to recover after delivery, such as a balanced diet, regular exercise, breastfeeding, and getting enough rest.

It’s essential to take care of yourself after delivery, both mentally and physically. The first 40 days after delivery can be a deciding factor of your condition in the future as a parent.

When to use this product

  1. After a vaginal delivery: You can use this product as soon as you have your vaginal delivery, but remember to use it loosely so that you don’t disturb the involution phase (the return of the uterus in the original form). You can also use it 3 days after your delivery. Remember to adjust the tightness until you feel comfortable.
  2. After a c-section: If you have a c-section, wait until your incision scar is healed and adjust the tightness until you feel comfortable.

How to use it

  1. Choose the Bengkung’s length according to your height.
  2. Hold the product from the end in your pubic bone and use your other hand to spread the Bengkung straightly and vertically to your ear.
  3. Wrap the rest of the Bengkung around your butt, right behind your pubic bone.
  4. Hook the short and long part, twist it two times, and bring the short part upward.
  5. Do the same thing until the long part end.


  • 12 m (for height less than 150 cm/4’11 feet)
  • 13 m (for height from 151 cm/4’11 feet to 155 cm/5’1 feet)
  • 14 m (for height from 156 cm/5’1 feet to 160 cm/5’3 feet)
  • 15 m (for height more than 161 cm/5’3 feet)

Note: The width of this product is approximately 18 cm.


approximately 500 g

What kind of fabric is it?

This product is made of cotton. So that if you use it, it feels good and doesn’t itch on the skin. Besides that, the advantage of our Bengkung is that it has a beautiful and attractive color.
A percentage of each purchase support Midwife Ibu Yesie work to spread gentle birth in Indonesia 

Yesie Aprillia

Yesie Aprillia is a midwife, lecturer, and coach of gentle birth in Indonesia. She is Klinik Bidan Kita’s owner, a clinic that woman and babies oriented and continuously uses and promotes gentle birth as a labor method. As a Founder of Keluarga Gentle Birth (the community for supporting and empowering women), Yesie is a part-time and guest lecturer at several universities in Indonesia, both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. 

As a midwife, Yesie also has a “balance in gentle birth class,” specifically designed to empower mothers and fathers to prepare for the birth. Yesie is also a Doula certified by DONA International and Loving Mother.

Yesie keeps educating doctors and midwives in Indonesia about gentle birth so that more and more mothers, babies, and families have a positive experience while giving birth and being born. Yesie also provides some free education for mothers and fathers by creating a website With the website’s articles’ help, gentle birth becomes more and more well known in Indonesia. Right now, that website has approximately more than 5.000 viewers every day and contains more than 800 articles. Yesie also actively educate mothers and fathers through social media like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

Other than being a midwife, Yesie also writes books. Until now, there are nine Best seller books that she wrote:

  1. Hipnostetri 
  2. Siapa Bilang Melahirkan Itu Sakit
  3. Gentle Birth
  4. The Art of Waterbirth
  5. Gentle Birth Balance
  6. Catatan Ayah Pintar
  7. Bebas Takut Hamil dan Melahirkan
  8. Gentle Birth (Cara Lembut Melahirkan)
  9. Prenatal Gentle Yoga

Besides being a writer, Yesie’s love for arts led her to make a Coloring Book for gentle birth meditation and traditional dance for pregnant women called Hayuning Nismarangesti. This dance uses Javanese culture with traditional Javanese music full of affirmation in the Javanese language as background music. With the creation of this dance, Yesie hopes that pregnant women who don’t like to do exercise yet love to dance will still be able to prepare her body for easy childbirth.

Yesie is also a trainer, facilitator, and coach of Hypnobirthing since 2007. She trained around more than 10,000 midwives and doctors in Indonesia. Yesie is also one of the initiators of gentle birth in Indonesia. She has built various communities through social media such as Gentle Birth To All and Laskar Gentle Birth to make the community more aware of the importance of labor and birth that comfortable and not traumatic for mothers, babies, and families.

Yesie is also a yogini and gentle prenatal yoga teacher who trained more than 3.500 midwives and doctors in Indonesia.

Other skills possessed by Yesie are:

– Fertility massage practitioner

– Sound healing practitioner