This book, first published in 1988, is the first serious clinical research of the enormous psychological conflicts and difficulties confronted by some women when becoming mothers. As opposed to find the expected and stereotyped rewards of motherhood they are faced with inadequacy, later on replaced by irritation, despair, helplesssness and a sense of isolation when unable to provide their babies with their increasing demands. It is then that mothers overreact, experiencing hostility that could even become physically vengeful against those who they love the most: their own babies. Furthermore, in feeling inadequate as mothers, they are unable to confide to anyone those horrid desires feeling they are "freaks". This book provides useful information on how to give a voice and a hearing to these suffering women, their babies and those working in the caring professions. It should be widely read and highly recomended for the fuller understanding of the complexities of women's sexuality in the cliched current splits of sexuality and motherhood.