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Musings on Mothering: About Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding: an Anthology of Art, Poetry, and Prose Paperback – 1 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Mother's Milk Books (1 Sept. 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0957385803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957385801
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,074,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A full colour paperback printed on thick, glossy paper which is packed full of lovely poetry, thought-provoking prose and stunning artwork. A beautiful gift for any mother, or mother-to-be. All royalties go to the charity La Leche League GB. REVIEWS: "Musings on Mothering is a beautiful, inspiring collection of shared thoughts. Wherever you are on your path, there is something within these pages that will speak to you." Melissa Corkhill, editor The Green Parent. "For anyone at home with a new baby - I can recommend @MothersMilkBks's Musings on Mothering." Professor Alice Roberts, anatomist, television presenter, author and mother. "This is an amazing book. It is possible to become entirely lost in it... On first reading I was overwhelmed by the power of what is within." Saffia Farr, editor of JUNO

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hoyamum on 2 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
When I first opened this book, I thought I'd just quickly dip in to it, then get back to stirring the dinner on the stove. Fifteen minutes later,the dinner unattended, I couldn't put it down. Based around the various elements of a mother's life and development: pregnancy, birth, motherhood, etc. this is a book for which I have spent many hours searching bookshop shelves. I have always wanted a book with beautiful poetry and prose that actually celebrates the experience of being a mother. I've wanted a book that speaks to the heart and nurtures a mother with beautiful and heartfelt language. I've wanted to give new mothers a gift that will truly speak to their experience. This is that book. I've now bought several copies as gifts and I think it's the perfect book for every mother.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By brupe on 2 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because it raises money for a charity I am involved with, La Leche League GB (a mother to mother breastfeeding support charity), thinking that I would read it, enjoy it and then stick it on my shelf and forget about it. I was not expecting to be so touched by it though and I will be going back to it again and again (when I've got my copy back from my mum who I lent it to!) It is full of a wide variety of media (prose, poetry, sketches, photos and more) grouped into vaguely chronological themes, from conception and pregnancy onwards. The book is full of truly beautiful contributions that made me laugh, cry, sigh, reminisce and more. I'm planning on giving several to various friends for Christmas presents
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dirtmother on 2 Oct. 2013
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Although I was committed intellectually to the project behind this book, and was aware that people I knew (and who I knew could create in words or pictures) had contributed, I approached it with a certain amount of trepidation. Well aware of the powerful thing that motherhood is, I am however not inclined to gushiness or sentimentality and not much more inclined to reading it, although more so from people who I can feel confident live more authentically with the positive feelings (cf those who will 'do anything' for their child... so long as it doesn't inconvenience them) I don't choose to speak the 'language' of 'boob' and 'Attachment Parent'.

The irony is that I read this anthology of prose, poetry and pictures in the middle of the night - not because of child-related disturbances... unless you count the soppy dog who kept sneaking in and may have triggered the sleeplessness which was ultimately all my own (to believe some, only stupid martyred parents don't get a solid 8 hours every night). But it did enhance my appreciation of the pieces which relate to night-time parenting - the private joys as well as the better known (and all too real) fatigue.

I was surprised and delighted to see contributions from men about their children, the mothers of their children, their own experiences and their own mothers. I felt the inclusion of contributed visual images - drawings, cartoons, child art, batik, sculpture, quilting, photographs - and the way they were matched with text really enhanced the collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ru gardner on 2 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
Teika has collected a huge number of poems, haiku's, photographs, paintings - and love - from mothers and fathers and combined them together to make a journey from wishing, conception and birth through to everyday life and remembering mothers.
What is so lovely is that pictures from one mother will match up with a poem from another mother who may even live the other side of the world. Whoever we are motherhood unites us, and this book reflects that beautifully.
Musings is a book for returning to time and again, remembering our need to conceive, remembering our children as babies and remembering our own childhood. Musings is a gift for new mothers, mothers of few or many, and mothers of grown up children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Croft on 17 April 2013
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This book takes you on a journey through joy, heartache, surprise, awe and wonder. Packed with a variety of styles, renowned writers and artists. Tieka Bellamy's has achieved something in this book which will rock your world.
I haven't let it out of my sight for the last few weeks
It goes everywhere with me. Car, bath, kitchen, meetings.
It lifts me up on frantic crazy mummy days, makes me belly laugh and realigns my values.
Just bliss.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen Lloyd on 5 July 2013
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I really loved this book. I keep it near to me for when I need lifting up from the round of nose-wiping, lego-stepping, food-preparing and food-clearing, and every time I open it I get a reminder of what I'm doing this for, of the wonderful, fulfilling, rewarding task of motherhood. It also makes me broody, remembering my pregnancy. A fantastic gift for mothers who want to reflect on what they're doing and celebrate their feelings about it.
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