"A Sheltered Woman" by Yiyun Li
The New Yorker, March 10, 2014
Auntie Mei is a first-month baby nurse with strict rules about her care of new mothers and infants. She does not want to become attached to the babies and refuses to have anything to do with them once she is no longer in their care. Conversely, the new mother named Chanel for whom Auntie Mei is caring has a self-proclaimed case of postpartum depression; she wants nothing to do with her son and is angry because her much-older husband is never home to be part of this new development in their family.
Over time, Auntie Mei sees the possibility of taking care of this new baby boy full time as she recalls the history of her mother and grandmother and how they dealt with having babies.