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It is only when we go back to the first moments and hours of life and the
interaction of mother and baby which starts then that we are really at the level of
the purely natural and instinctive. And that first meeting, as we shall see, is
controlled by ...
But this kind of interaction does not occur in a vacuum. 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
In the three or four days after birth the mother initiates all interaction with her pups
, and has to do so, because they do not yet have their eyes open and have little
hearing, so that they depend on stimulation through physical contact. If the pups ...
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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
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