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The extraordinary thing is that after trying to perform a task of these dimensions
she feels uniquely a failure, convinced that she is the only woman experiencing
these emotions and the only one incapable of coping. One in every six women ...
Above and beyond its emotional significance for all the individuals involved is a
spiritual significance - and perhaps childbirth derives at least a part of its
personal emotional significance because of this wider social meaning. Where
The mother is partially prepared for it by endocrinological changes which occur in
her body at the end of pregnancy, and also by her emotional readiness for labour
and expectation of the baby. Even being in labour may help this readiness.
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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
Mothercraft or Motherhood ?
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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