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Motherhood: What it Does to Your Mind (Issues in women's health) Paperback – 13 Oct 1988

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This volume is part of a series of investigative books written by women about all aspects of the human body and health. Each book takes into account women's lives in different countries and cultures, and challenges conventional assumptions about health issues which affect everyone. Few women are prepared for the confusing and often violent emotions that come with motherhood. In this new approach to the psychology of motherhood, the author draws on women's accounts of their feelings at every stage of pregnancy and early motherhood, aiming to help promote a better understanding of the intense emotions which she believes cannot be explained away as post-natal depression. New mothers can feel they are losing their sanity as they deal with emotions such as anger, guilt, resentment, jealousy, fear that they are not "bonding" properly and an overwhelming sense of inadequacy. Jane Price shows how our childhood image of what a mother should be influences every decision we make: when to have a child in the first place, whether to breastfeed, when, if at all, to return to work.

She shows why women struggle to be at least as good or a great deal better than their own mothers and why they think they fail. Weighing the expectations of parents, partners and friends against our own, the author aims to help mothers see themselves as "good enough" rather than perfect mothers and to have a growing relationship with their children, husband and parents. Dr Jane Price is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist who specializes in the psychology of women. She has three children of her own.

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HASH(0x8c056504) out of 5 stars Very Realistic and Helpful 30 Dec. 2008
By Wendy Lane - Published on
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I read this book a number of years ago after having my first child. It was eye-opening to me and really put into words so many of the baffling feelings I was going through. It really made me question the way our culture treats mothers and how this treatment, whether well-meaning or not, can have a really stifling and often negative effect on women. I don't think it is depressing at all, as one reviewer wrote, except for the fact that it highlights how far we still have to go in terms of gender equality. I have recommended this book to several friends of mine who were depressed or dealing with difficult emotions following the births of their children. To me, the book helps a woman feel sane after the upheavals of becoming a new mother and trying to piece together your identity again in the aftermath. I would whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone.
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HASH(0x8be6ff9c) out of 5 stars If you want to feel worse, get this book 29 Sept. 2003
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Motherhood can be a very challenging transition for women and support and understanding are vital. I believe that somehow that was the intention of this book but I found it to be disturbing and sad, rather than supportive or helpful. It seemed so negative and whiney that I did not even want to continue reading. I would suggest reading something that is more uplifting. It is possible to acknowledge the challenges and still be strong and inspiring. I suggest The Pregnant Woman's Comfort Book by Jennifer Louden instead (It also has stuff for new moms.) It is light-hearted and joyful while being realistic about challenges.
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