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From here to maternity : becoming a mother

Author: Ann Oakley
Publisher: Bristol, UK ; Chicago, IL, USA : Policy Press, 2018.
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Ann Oakley is a pioneer in the field of sociological research. In this classic re-issue, she interviewed 60 women to find out what it's really like to have a baby. Covering pregnancy, birth and child care, she relies on the stories mothers tell to discuss whether and why women want to become pregnant, how they imagine motherhood to be, the experience of birth, post-natal depression, feeding and caring routines and  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Oakley
ISBN: 9781447349372 1447349377
OCLC Number: 1057725768
Notes: Originally published in Great Britain in 1979 by Penguin Books.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; FROM HERE TO MATERNITY; Contents; New Introduction; Preface to the Original Edition; 1. Childbirth and the 'Position' of Women; The Institution of Motherhood; Medicalisation; Natural Childbirth?; A Feminist Alternative?; 2. In the Beginning; Signs and Symptoms; Motives and Intentions; It's Alright, Dear, You Can Start Knitting; Becoming a Patient; 3. Remember Pregnancy is a State of Health; In Sickness or in Health; The Battle of the Bulge; Pregnant Pause; 4. Journey into the Unknown; This Awful Dilemma; Rehearsing Motherhood; Birth Images; Ladies-in-Waiting 5. The Agony and the EcstasyBirth Passages; After Birth; 6. Mother and Baby; First Encounters; Boys and Girls; Big and Little; Aftermath; Baby Blues; Learning to Care; Mother Knows Best; Getting Out; 7. Learning the Language of the Child; Homecoming; What Have I Done?; Mothers and Others; Cry Babies; A Reward is Offered; Are You Aware of Being a Mother?; Little People; The Other Side of Motherhood; 8. Menus; Breast is Best?; A Confidence Trick; Habits and Vices; Menus --
Five Weeks; Menus --
Five Months; 9. Domestic Politics; Fathers-To-Be; Present at His Own Risk; Helping with Baby A Typical ManThe Politics of Housework; A Proper Family; Two's Company; Roles and Identities; 10. Into a Routine; Daily Life; The Meaning of Motherhood; Losing Your L-Plates; It's the Image, Really; Passing the Time; 11. Lessons Learnt; Fairy Stories; Joining the Club; Women of the World; 12. Mothers and Medical People; Doctor Knows Best?; Thank You, Doctor?; Labour Negotiations; Sexual Politics; You Can't ask a Book a Question; Endnote --
Being Researched; Notes and References; APPENDIX; List of Characters
Responsibility: Ann Oakley ; includes new introduction.


Ann Oakley interviewed 60 women to find out what it's really like to have a baby. She discusses whether and why women want to become pregnant, how they imagine motherhood to be, the experience of  Read more...


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