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The Birth Of A Mother: How the Experience of Motherhood Changes You Forever [Paperback]

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12 Nov 1998
As you prepare to become a mother, you face an experience unlike any other in your life. Having a baby will redirect your preferences and pleasures and, most likely, will realign some of your values.As you undergo this unique psychological transformation, you will be guided by new hopes, fears, and priorities. In a most startling way, having a child will influence all of your closest relationships and redefine your role in your family's history. The charting of this remarkable, new realm is the subject of this compelling book.Renowned psychiatrist Daniel N. Stern has joined forces with pediatrician and child psychiatrist Nadia Bruschweiler-Stern and journalist Alison Freeland to paint a wonderfully evocative picture of the psychology of motherhood. At the heart of The Birth of a Mother is an arresting premise: Just as a baby develops physically in utero and after birth, so a mother is born psychologically in the many months that precede and follow the birth of her baby.The recognition of this inner transformation emerges from hundreds of interviews with new mothers and decades of clinical experience. Filled with revealing case studies and personal comments from women who have shared this experience, this book will serve as an invaluable sourcebook for new mothers, validating the often confusing emotions that accompany the development of this new identity. In addition to providing insight into the unique state of motherhood, the authors touch on related topics such as going back to work, fatherhood, adoption, and premature birth.During pregnancy, mothers-to-be talk about morning sickness and their changing bodies, and new mothers talk about their exhaustion, the benefits of nursing or bottle-feeding, and the dilemma of whether or when they should return to work. And yet, they can be strangely mute about the dramatic and often overwhelming changes going on in their inner lives. Finally, with The Birth of a Mother, these powerful feelings are eloquently put into words.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (12 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465015670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465015672
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 13.7 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Daniel N. Stern, M.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of Geneva and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Cornell University Medical Center--New York Hospital. An expert in the mother-infant relationship, he is the author of The Interpersonal World of the Infant and The Diary of a Baby.Nadia Bruschweiler-Stern, M.D., is a pediatrician and child psychiatrist in Geneva, Switzerland. Alison Freeland, a freelance writer and the author of The Journey to Motherhood, currently works as a reporter for Vermont Public Radio. Daniel N. Stern, M.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of Geneva and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Cornell University Medical Center--New York Hospital. An expert in the mother-infant relationship, he is the author of The Interpersonal World of the Infant and The Diary of a Baby.Nadia Bruschweiler-Stern, M.D., is a pediatrician and child psychiatrist in Geneva, Switzerland. Alison Freeland, a freelance writer and the author of The Journey to Motherhood, currently works as a reporter for Vermont Public Radio. Alison Freeland, a freelance writer and the author of The Journey to Motherhood, currently works as a reporter for Vermont Public Radio.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading? You bet! 23 Nov 2003
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This book is a must have before, during or after your motherhood experience- you would never believe it's written by a bloke - it totally knocks the nail home as far as concerns the changes you go through in pregnancy and childbirth and being a mum - not the physical changes but the psychological ones. It took me and my friends a long time to adjust to motherhood - nothing prepares you for it - unless you've read this book of course. Also utterly essential if you experience post-natal depression, in helping you understand why you feel the way you feel, and it normalises all those bewildering feelings you can get. Buy it, and then recommend it to all your friends either pregnant or who have babies, they will thank you for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! a must read for any new mother! 30 Sep 2013
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I read it at the end of my pregancy and immediately after giving birth! While reading it I was nodding my head constantly especially on the 1st chapter "Pregnancy: preparing for your new identity"... you would think it was written by a woman not a bloke. After giving birth, part 2 - "A mother is born" especially the chapters regarding baby's survival, feeding & playing with your baby as well the need for a women's network for the affirmation of your new role, spoke directly to my heart.
The book is based on research and D. Stern way of writting is clear and very easy to read. It is targeted to new mothers and not to professionals but it is not one of the self-help types of books of popular psychology. It is simple but not simplistic. It speaks volumes!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not much use for me 27 Jan 2012
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I thought it was a bit presumptuous and American in style and was of no use at all. If still looking for literature on this topic, I would get The Mother of All Journeys: Coming to Terms with Having a Baby which is written by someone who has first-hand experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and Informative 10 Jan 2001
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Although written by a man, this book seems to grab the psychology of a pregnant woman quite successfully. The writer asks the accurate questions and enlightens the reader with the detailed and satisfactory answers. This is not a text book though, it is like a complete novel of the journey of becoming a mother. Highly recommended...
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A chef d'oeuvre... 24 July 1998
By yerten@escortnet.com - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought the book today and I finished it. Sterns did a great job. They explained a highly complex developmental theory very simply for everyone who want to learn something on motherhood. I am psychologist who has been interested in their theory in a very sophisticated way for a very long time but I felt that I learned a lot while reading the book. Everyone should read this 'tour de force' to understand themselves, their mothers, their chilhood, their motherhood and also their 'fatherhood'. Congratulations Nadia and Dan !
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful 23 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book offers much valuable information about what goes on emotionally when your expecting a child, and once you've become a mom. It helps you to understand many of the "why's" about what you may be feeling or thinking. While most books offer information on pregnancy,labor and delivery, they leave a very important subject untouched...the psychological and emotional side of it all. This book is all about that and definitely worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book! 31 Oct 2004
By Esther - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have any doubts about buying this book, this review is written for you. I read this book in about 1 hour the first time and have read it about four more times since. I loved it! It's truly one of a kind and extremely enlightening. As a new mother, you are overwhelmed with so many thoughts and feelings and this book helps you feel normal and helps you understand yourself in a new way...as a mother!
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only for new mothers 11 Dec 2013
By Vegard Farstad - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not only for new mothers! I am very happy I read this during the pregnancy period, I felt more prepared for the big change. Recommended!
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