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In the Andaman Islands a name is given to the baby before birth, and from that
moment on until it is born and is several weeks old, no one may speak the name
of the mother or father. They can say only the father of and name the child.
Through the psychodrama of myth the shaman gives to the labouring woman a
metaphoric language in which her ordeal can be expressed and given meaning.
This is a highly sophisticated form of psychotherapy, and no other treatment is ...
In fact, it is an addictive drug (but not if taken only in childbirth) and the doses
now given start at 1oo mgs and go up to 200 mgs. Since it is injected several
times in many labours, some women are getting as much as 5oo mgs of
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A leading social anthropologist examines what being a mother means to a woman as a person, using examples from societies all over the world, and concludes that a great deal of what we call "maternal ... Read full review
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
Getting and Not Getting Pregnant
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Ethics and Human Reproduction: A Feminist Analysis
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Don't blame mother: mending the mother-daughter relationship
Paula J. Caplan
Snippet view - 1989