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Traditionally woman ' s most important role has been that of a disseminator of
culture through mothering . The fact that she has a uterus and lactates means that
she not only bears the children but is largely responsible for their care while they
In the past the domiciliary midwife filled this important role of shepherding mother
and baby through birth and the early post - partum days . She was not concerned
with the uterus only but with the expectant mother as a person in her family ...
is clearly an important element in the survival of the species . In fact , the few
months after birth together form a fourth trimester of pregnancy , in which the
mother and baby are still united in a symbiotic bond ( and particularly if the
mother is ...
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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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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