Ourselves As Mothers: The Universal Experience of Motherhood

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Addison-Wesley, 1995 - Mother and child. - 270 pages
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Sheila Kitzinger writes with understanding of the problems facing mothers in the West today, about the pain of infertility, the struggles of working mothers, the myth of the "new man", the underrating of housework, and the ways in which women try to juggle their identities as both mothers and achievers in today's world. Citing examples from India to Jamaica, South Africa to Communist China, she reveals what motherhood means in our own and different cultures. From preparing for pregnancy to the ritualization of hospital birth, from the bonds forged between mother and child to the changes in behavior expected of women when they become mothers, Kitzinger's unique anthropological exploration enables us to reflect upon and reexamine our own rituals. Ourselves as Mothers is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging study of its kind, and an invaluable contribution to our knowledge of women and society. It is a celebration of the diversity, the ingenuity, the energy, and the courage of the great sisterhood of mothers.

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User Review  - Danielle Rich - Goodreads

This is the most Amazing. book i have ever read thst covers motherhood in a cultures and tribal experience. ..i cry and laugh. as i read this book . highly highly highly recommend !!!!! Read full review

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User Review  - Angie Moulton - Goodreads

Required reading for DONA doula certification, it took a while to really get into this one. The beginning chapters seemed irrelevant and foreign to me, but by the end of the book you realized the ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Sheila Kitzinger is the world's foremost birth educator and activist, and is known and respected worldwide as a social anthropologist of birth and a leading authority on women's experiences of pregnancy and motherhood. Her previous books include The Experience of Childbirth and the classic bestseller Pregnancy and Childbirth. She is the author of over 23 books and has been published in 20 languages.

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