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The phase of motherhood spent with babies is not , of course , the only stressful
period . Later phases in childrearing may produce even more difficulties . Jessie
Bernard , 13 describing ' low points in the natural history of parenthood ' which ...
There are , as might be expected , more illegitimate births when the baby ' s
father is away from home for long periods ... The childbearing period has become
a much shorter part of each woman ' s life and fewer children are born within it .
Longer periods are spent with the parents on the Sabbath . ... that she can get on
with her work , and tends to be the fairy godmother who belongs to the child for a
limited period of time , but during that time is bountiful with gifts and with love .
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